Blue Monday…*

Monday makes the week go round -Without much creative endeavour, I’ve found… News stories telling the same ol’ tales Depicting the ways that humans fail And saving just one small moment of joy -An irritatingly regular ploy As though this single-cell postivity Eclipses political proclivity, The moaning, groaning, monotoning A flimsy disguise for the human […]

Abstainers’ Reprieve*

There are thirty-eight shades of Prussian Blue¹ But only one of Tory: The former a personal fascination, The latter a national story… England’s green and pleasant land Now resting precariously in Teresa’s hands While questions are asked across hallowed halls About how on earth this has happened at all… The British Public making it clear […]

Square Dance*

Boris Johnson. What a guy…!¹ Kind of looks his victims in the eye, A sideways glance from beneath that fringe Enough to make the most stalwart cringe… Clearly a well-bred, educated gent In certain circles (whatever that meant) -Whatever his moniker might suggest ‘Bout a foppishly arrogant egotist With all the social empathy Of one […]

The X Box*

Election Fever. A joust for National Leader. A vociferous creeping virus Multiplying to vex the best of us… The gradual emergence Of political insurgence A traditional, tedious And tantalising trick, Drip, drip, drip-feeding In passionate pursuit Of the job of leading Not just a troupe Of die-hard fanatics (Many with spectres deep in their attics […]

See The Eagle And The Damage Done*

We heard you knockin’ On the White House door, We think you’re crazy But we can’t be sure… Ooh, ooh, the things to come… You hit the city And you played your hand We watched New Yorkers Try to take a stand But other Nationals, They had other plans… I’d sing the song If I could […]

Elision*

Hilary¹ and Teresa² up rather different trees With no inclination whatsoever to please, Leadership clearly a one-woman act Whether supported or whether attacked. A subtle reminder of the Thatcher years,³ Enshrined in history for plundering fears; Portrayed in the media as megalomania Because, it seemed, no man could tame her… ‘Tis a curious phenomenon from where […]

Logistics of Leadership

When the going gets tough, The Brits talk Sport… Balls: Hit, kicked, bounced, flounced Fouled, caught, fraught. You have to admire our national spirit- No matter the contest, We think we can win it. And when we have failed Again and again, Angrily berated the streams of men,* We polish our pride Rearrange our expression […]