England in 2006


Babies in “I love al-Qaida” hats

are pushed by Nike-shod girls through undersexed

throngs who chant of drowning us in vats

of burnt dismembered flesh, their muscles flexed,

their blameless treason tying Britain in plaits.

Sergeants guard them by the law book’s text.

Beside Big Ben and Winston Churchill’s statue

Dave parades his “Down with Trousers!” banner.

A fat inspector warns, “Sir, if I catch you

with that sign again, forgive my manner,

I’ll have to crush you like a roasted cashew

underneath my steel-tipped, shiny, flat shoe

and run your DNA below a scanner.

Freedom’s illegal this side of the manor.”









© Gammon 2020
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