Marxist. Trade Unionist. Socialist-feminist. Author. Poet. Speaker. Tutor. RMT ex-Exec. Workers' Liberty. Autie. Bi. PUFC fan.

Poetry

Mine, and occasionally others'.

We Slept Here

Submitted by Janine on 20 September 2021 at 21:11

 

We slept here
on Waverley Bridge
under the shadow of a granite ridge

Next to the only station
named for a novel -
our open-air waiting room, no place to travel

Just along from the Spoons and the bars
by the pools of piss and broken jars
under the sober moon and stars

They swept beer.
A gull crept near.
We slept here.

Everybody Needs Good Strikers

Submitted by Janine on 17 September 2021 at 15:10

Bring out the braziers on Ramsay Street,
close down the kitchen and turn up the heat
No more exploitation of the workers' labours -
the staff are going on strike in Neighbours!

The ranks of the workers' movement swell
as the comrades at Lassiters Hotel
flex their muscles and show some clout
by downing tools and walking out

Anti-Vax Parallax

Submitted by Janine on 03 September 2021 at 15:39

Blocking folk from getting jabs
Harassing working people 
Spouting endless bafflegab
While calling others sheeple

Sharing psychobabble memes 
Spurning free protection
This is off so many beams
This isn't insurrection

I too don't trust authority
I want to smash the system
But this is not a just minority
This is not resisting

Run

Submitted by Janine on 03 September 2021 at 13:47

Her cover drive and how she ran
are now haram
under the rule of the Taliban

Can she stay in? For sure she can
She can't be out without a man
in ancient, new Afghanistan

She'd tackle assumptions and she'd score
but won't be playing any more
She's fallen foul of holy law

Dinah Murray 1946-2021

Submitted by Janine on 07 August 2021 at 14:21

A nature lover, mushroom finder,
activist and fighter
against oppression, for our future,
thinker, speaker, writer

Always radical, always left,
sometime Green and Labour,
A friend, a comrade, partner, mum,
a new-found Scottish neighbour

An organiser, platform builder,
amplifier of others
There's light at the end of the attention tunnel
thanks to your endeavours

Praise Without Pay's ...

Submitted by Janine on 05 August 2021 at 14:29

A century ago, in August 1921, Labour Councillor Jack Wooster told crowds demonstrating in support of Poplar's rebel councillors that "Sympathy without relief [the name back then for welfare benefits] is like mustard without beef".

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Sympathy without relief
is like mustard without beef
or lettuce without leaf

Hancock's Last Hour

Submitted by Janine on 02 July 2021 at 13:49

A classic of Great British humour
Slapstick, slap-and-tickle,
caught on candid camera

And everyone likes to see
the bad guy get his comeuppance,
don't they?

But there is something of
the gangster genre
about it too

where Al Capone is brought down
for his dishonest affairs
not for the cruel and unnecessary deaths on his watch