‘Tongue-in-cheek’ poem inspired by the Poetry Day theme and my frustration with the extremist behaviour of the political far right and left.
Nothing raises radical hackles
More than those in moral shackles
Making the choice to remain bereft
Of lessons in what’s right – that’s left.
Constitutionally, speech is free,
That’s if with eye to eye you see,
And even free-thinkers agree
With their ideal of democracy.
Be civil; move forth in peace and love,
Hawks in the feathers of a dove.
Cover heads, mouths, leave holes for an eye
For an eye. Be-masked, smile or die.
And fake it until you make it.
Make up news if the truth does not fit
Your own, when the narrative harms
The Cause: ‘Come into, take up our arms.’
Speak up, shout out so all will hear
This message of love haters fear.
In their faces bring them to their knees,
Drown the crackle of scorched olive trees.
The swamp will ever fail to drain
When many crocodile tears sustain
The rich rot, and gas, smoke and fire
Will keep them flowing into the mire.
Good news – if you go too far either way,
No Free World edges to fall over today;
You may go round in circles, imprisoned
In the orbit of your hard-rocky vision.