My Poems

Having written and performed as The Big J in the 1980s, Janine started again in 2014, after a brief interlude of around a quarter of a century.

Froms sonnets to villanelles, limericks to ballads, the occasional rap and plenty of straightforward rants, serious and humorous and sometimes both, here is Janine's verse.

Janine's poems have been published in numerous poetry and other journals and websites, including Algebra of Owls, South Bank Poetry, the Daily Mirror, PUSH, Hour of Writes, Proletarian Poetry, Confluence Medway, Screaming Violets, Poetry24, Solidarity, Stand Up and Spit, Hastings Independent, Freedom, Women’s Fightback, the Morning Star, Rising and TenFootCity; and in anthologies Spies4Life, Poems for Jeremy Corbyn, Justice: Poems for Grenfell Tower.and Ashes to Activists

Waiting

Free tea and coffee 
from the volunteers 
today.

Four older folks 
sitting on the row
of chairs along from me 
looking like they'd love
a nice cuppa but might
struggle walking round 
the corner to the main 
waiting room to get it.
So

We Apologise for the Disruption

Tweets of distress from Peterborough
The text all drenched in fears

Signal failure - help us please -
Bring crosswords, cake and beers

We've been stuck here for two whole hours.
Now wipe away your tears

And count yourself lucky, I tweet back -
I was stuck there eleven years

Letter from America

Dear ... Hello, I am Erica I have earning chance for you I do profitable work at home My children help out too I make a thousand pounds a week At something you can do Hello, I am Erica And you have won a prize! You are this month's lucky one You won't believe your eyes You don't remember entering? Well, what a nice surprise!

Gove Alone

Michael Gove's most wicked crime
As far as most of us can tell
Was not to leave his kid behind
But leaving ours behind as well

Alterations to the Schedule at the Picturehouse and Ritzy

We've cancelled Night Of The Living Dead
To show Day Of The Living Wage instead
On strike because Honey, I Shrunk Their Wage
​They've Anger at Management, they're showing Rage

​When they Walk The Line, they mean the picket
It's Independence Day and It's just Not Cricket
​No Terms Of Endearment, but terms and conditions
No Western Union, they want union recognition

Bodily Fluids Interception Team

As London Underground launches all-night running on two lines at weekends, a special squad of cleaners has a special task ...

​The Tube's come up with a spiffing scheme
The train stays in service and the bosses beam
But it's not as fun as it might seem
For the Bodily Fluids Interception Team

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