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What a Croc

Submitted by Janine on 3 March 2020 at 10:33

A response to an appallingly bigoted cartoon (pictured) which appeared in the Morning Star.




An oversight has come to light
our usual process
transgressed, broke apart

and through the cracks
crept a carnivorous
cold-blooded cartoon

a hand-drawn saurian,
fawning, crawling, stalking
readers bravely pleading for safety.

It turned the prey
into the predator,
swaggered past the editor,

a sinister sketch
scaled to draw out
every stereotype, tabloid hype

every irrational fear.
Apology noted.
Crocodile tears.

Writing

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