Opening Ceremony of the XXX Olympiad
Opening ceremony, children's choir,
Cricket players don full attire;
Rural London, pre-industrial
Ladies with parasols, still pedestrial.
A gaggle of geese flock ten abreast
Old top hat reads Shakespeare's Tempest:
"Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,"
Men in top hats perform funny hand dances.
Belching towers, industrial revolution,
Land devoured, air pollution;
Forlorn faces, hat-in-hand,
Women's Suffrage takes a stand.
More hand motions, smokestacks higher;
The working class men stoke the fire.
Molten metal flows, drums resound
An Olympic Ring cast, workers pound.
Lonely Hearts Club Band, sans instruments;
Old Red Coats drill with walking sticks.
Into the stadium, four rings fly
To join as the Olympic Five!
Top hats smile instead of frown,
The audience applauds, sparks rain down.
A royal entrance is announced,
By helicopter it's pronounced:
The Queen arrives via parachute!
They're joking silly! it's James Bond in a suit!
To "God Save the Queen" the Union Jack is raised,
They spell out G.O.S.H with a baby face.
Children flip on their beds even though they're ill,
As nurses show off their swing dance skill.
J.K. Rowling reads from Peter Pan:
“Of all the delectable islands the Neverland..."
100 foot Lord Voldemort, fireworks from his wand,
And other characters, children's book spawned.
A Mary Poppins umbrella brigade
Chase off the baddies to save the day!
A giant baby is filled with air;
Whether cute or creepy we don't care!
"Chariots of Fire" with Mr. Bean
Cell phones waved by a group of teens.
Frankie and June say "Thanks Tim!"
Tim Berners-Lee, they mean him.
A montage of teens from British tele,
Millie Small and My Boy Lolli.
Going Underground, London Calling,
My Generation, No Satisfaction;
She Loves You, yeah another sound bite:
All Day and All of the Night.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" sung by Queen
The Eurythmics brought us "Sweet Dreams"
Eighties dancers look like junkies,
They're "Human Doves" not flying monkeys!
Relax says Frankie, pogo sticks,
Frankie and June share their first kiss
"We will be victorious!" sang Muse,
David Beckham speeds to light the fuse.
Steve Redgrave, Muhammad Ali,
Welcome now the world's athletes.
Arctic Monkeys sing “Come Together”
London free from inclement weather!
The audience grows weary waiting for U;
Picking her nails, Liz II looked bored too.
After Paul McCartney sang "Hey Jude"
For many people the night was through.
28 July 2012