Euro-ky-Coky*

You put your X on the paper Then you fold it flat. Thousands did the same thing Just like that. But the outcome’s not conclusive in the traditional sense All on account of divided sentiments. While the ‘first past the post’ party usually wins, The tiniest majority’s not sufficient to convince The rest of the […]

Backstop*

When I was a kid, A backstop was all about rounders and cricket. I never really mastered sport but this seems about the ticket… The one solitary character standing in defence Oft insufficient recompense Waiting to literally stop the ball And shout some random triumphant call In order to proclaim the lead: A solo endeavour […]

Hokey-Cokey*

It seems the government’s calling our bluff With all this In-Out Brexit stuff Causing fissures across the nation By the very nature of vacillation- Everyone in the media now vocal to the point of embarrassment Prompting general awareness of boundaries to political harassment… Freedom of speech like a whale on the beach: Too much, too […]

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 […]

Civil Engineering*

A bridge over even mildly troubled water Would be quite an architectural undertaking, A structure designed to take the weight Would certainly be worth making But nonetheless leaves unresolved The problems of three restless souls Anxious to secure position As the country’s leading politician, Currently standing side by side At least pretending to be firmly […]

After the Fire

Is this a National State of Turmoil As politicians and public en masse recoil From the taking and making and breaking decisions, The spats, recriminations, inevitable derision, As the general public, confused if you will, Try to extract meaning and purpose still? A Union broken, perhaps beyond repair: Too many voices competing there. Too many […]

A Consequence of Ambivalence?

So what happens now As we settle the row Over inning or outing, Supporting or doubting, Over Boris or Dave, Over access and trade, Over winners and losers And pickers and choosers? What happens now To the previously-ambivalent, The people didn’t bother to consent; The It-Doesn’t Matter-Mates Who simply didn’t participate Whether through purposeful negligence […]