Brexit and Circuses

It’s a bit experimental, this one…


You see, we have this unique,
incredible political union.
Victorian tented-circus Strongman,
built like Brexshit House.
What we need is
a sleight of hand,
find-the-pea, conman,
Boris a steady man
in a crisis.
You can trust him,
he’s steeped
in ‘Old School’ values.
Values that pre-date
Reformed Christianity
and Constipati.., sorry,
Constitutional monarchy.
But this is beyond crisis,
It’s the lingering death.
Of feudal privilege
and neo-liberalism. 

like a middle-aged
spinster, is off
to ‘find’ herself
but throwing her
walking shoes away.
The Tories meanwhile
share a dormitory feast,
in the dark, then emerge
with jam and cream
on their chins.

The seats are free
at this particular,
peculiar English Circus. 
And there’s no rule book.
Having a written constitution
is constitutionally unsound.
So twelve worthy,
‘old school’ justices
will examine our
Bearded Lady,
to determine exact sex.
Didn’t Francis Drake
once pull or singe
the beard of
the King of Spain?
No wonder
we don’t rub shoulders
with continentals.
It’s hard enough keeping
our own lions tamed.

Maybe the audience
should focus on
the clowns. No?
The mad japes
and frolics of
CoCo Farage and
fantastical Mr Fox
may just be the ticket,
though you should
try to avoid
the elephant dung…

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Yes, that’s about the sum total of it, Jim! Hahaha! But, “English Circus”? You forgot: “Long live an SNP Scotland, keeping just above half the population afloat on whisky for the rich and dwindling NS oil to warm the poor, with all sales determined and steered by the dictatorial 4th Reich” (Sturgeon, the lion-tamer?) The different party manifestos when published will reveal the whole run of circus acts, I fear! The difficulties posed by the EU in just leaving the group shows how much our Country has been absorbed into Europe, and how much the few old men in the… Read more »

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Nah, Shakespeare was Welsh.


I’ve read this through a couple of times and while admiring it muchly, I find myself wondering if it would have been better presented in the prose category, laid out as prose, as that’s how it reads? I know, I know, that always begs that eternal and awful question “what is poetry?” … pass; but this, to my eye/ear, is a very interesting piece of prose.

“we have this unique,
incredible political union”
– not sure if you’re referring to the EU union or the 1707 union? Perhaps that uncertainty is what you intend. Elfstone


Interestingly, I thought it read more like prose, too. As for politicians it’s a case of choosing the least worst (if there are any) Enjoyed it, though.

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