Made its billions
Now its debt is so big, its account’s in vermillion
With coldness reptilian
It dumps on civilians
Rides off into sunset; the Tories ride pillion
If it were not so serious, it would be vaudevillian
Mine, and occasionally others'.
A place becomes a shithole
when someone digs a hole and shits in it
Someone like you, Donald Trump,
and all the rulers and raiders
and tin-pot dictators
the speculators and devastators
the extractors and the malefactors
When history tells of mighty kings
Who's working wonders in the wings?
Fighting battles, changing things?
Disaffected Middle-Aged Women!
In 1848 they came
To Seneca Falls to stake their claim
Mature and bolshy, never tame -
Disaffected Middle-aged Women!
Join us ‘Upstairs at the Labour Rooms’ as Janine, Laura Taylor and A N Other poet entertain the comrades.
Address: Walkergate, Otley LS211HB
£5 on the door.
in temporary digs
waiting for a miracle
Led here by a burning star
and a government demand
to be counted
Drawing the short straw
bedding down in the stalls
Because there's no room
in the inner workings
of the political economy
Watched over by
donkeys and sheep
Keeping the light on
My body is a timeline
with every thick and fine line
marking a milestone
Each tract and fracture
in each roll and curve
She’s safely shut in and yet Hettie gets out
And she goes to the places she cares most about
Hettie gets out under cover of dark
And she pushes the kids on the swings in the park
Hettie meets Beryl who moved out last June
And they chat about old times and tap out a tune
And then Hettie tells Bel she’ll be joining her soon
The annual Ealing TUC International Women's Day event, with the annual performance from Janine.
This year, we will be celebrating International Disaffected Middle-aged Women's Day.!
Details to follow.
Video of Janine performing at NeurodiVERSE, an evening of autistic poetry in Leeds on 22 November 2017.
It includes the poems:
- Being Normal
- Manifesto from Behind the Mask
- No Autistics Here
- Mostly Hating Tories
- BoJo Logic
- Night Tube
- Disaffected Middle-aged Women