Undercurrent

T.B. or not T.B.


undercurrent

The acronym WYSIWYG,
(what you see, is what you get)
struck a chord.
It reminded me of a man
who described himself
with those very words
and, for good measure, added:
I am a regular guy.

And we, naively perhaps,
never looked
beneath the surface;
never thought
that the waters below
could be murky.
He had assured us
that it’d be plain sailing.

Convinced us to  nail
our colours to the mast
and follow his vision:
to bring freedom and peace
to the oppressed, at a stroke.
Now we know that they are
more divided and broke
and all because of his lie.

Let’s not beat about the bush,
he was guilty of political profligacy.
No forethought, no exit strategy,
it was bound to end in a mess.
Though regretting the outcome
of a needless, disastrous war,
not admitting he was at fault
is an unpardonable failing.

© Luigi Pagano 2016

 

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I’ll never forget the Tory party slogan in 1997 which at the time seemed pathetic, but which turned about to be prophetic.

“New Labour, New Danger”.

And the red eyes. Do you remember them?

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After 11 years of Thatcher and 7 years of the suit full of nothing that was John Major, I think the British people would have voted for a hatstand with a red rosette on it, or even Neil Kinnock.

So no, it didn’t do them any good at all…

And now I wish we’d had a hatstand instead.

TheRecluse

Well-written, Luigi, full of relevant idioms and slogans, yes, in some jobs, it’s not enough to plead being only a uncomplicated, weak and vulnerable person who did his/her best, a sort of trick only in the face of failure to suddenly plead “prima facia” human simplicity when covering up deep-going incompetence, and especially with the ability to effectively carry out a reasonably accurate and comprehensive consequence-analysis.
So refreshing to read your concise free-verse!

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