Poetry

Mine, and occasionally others'.

Janie's Drones

The Clash's Janie Jones from another point of view ...

 

She's saving up for a college course, whoa
She gets the cash and her boyfriend scores, whoa
She isn't helped by the vice laws, no
She don't mind her whoring job, no

Bystander

Bystander. Standing by.
Something in my eye.
I didn't see it. I couldn't say.
Not my business anyway.

Maybe he hit her.
Not really sure.
And I don't think I saw
what happened before.
Maybe she provoked him.
What's a bloke
supposed to do?
I didn't see.
I never knew.

This Poem is Sponsored

This stanza is sponsored
by a weekend bonanza
of two-for-one deals
on our easy-cook meals
from the town's happy eater
which has paid for its meter

All of its sponsors
have generously given
a big wodge of dosh
for their brand on its rhythm

A local disk jockey
has sponsored a trochee
(That's a tum-tee-tum beat
with some well-branded feet)

Know Your Rights

This is a public service announcement
With Poets on the Picket Line
Know your rights
All three of them

Number one
You have the right to strike
Withdrawing your labour is a fundamental principle
So long as you get not just a majority in a ballot
But a 50% turnout and a 40% threshold
This right is brought to you by a government
elected by 24% of the electorate

Disaffected Middle-aged Women

A new sociological category to scare the establishment ...

Somewhat like the angry youth
But rather longer in the tooth
We're gobby, feisty, loud, uncouth
We're Disaffected Middle-aged Women

Kicking our heels against the wall
Plotting in the shopping mall
Go tell them we're not playing ball
We're Disaffected Middle-aged Women

Crazed Loner

Crazed Loner - a poem about the portrayal of mental ill-health in the murder of Jo Cox MP, performed at Ealing TUC International Women's Day celebration.

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