Political Speak

Political Speak

I want to spend more time with my family,
the grey-headed politician
moans on his backbench
as ambitions take a dive
faster than a stash down the toilet
when the cops arrive
unannounced.

It was just a loan between friends
the minister cries out
from minimum security,
I have a lot of friends
who want to ensure
my financial security, without the need
for favours returned.

I did not sleep with my secretary –
we simultaneously retired,
it’s tiring working endless days
slaving away for my electorate,
far from my family who
I’d like to spend more time with,
I was on the job.

Environmental issues are critical
but complex, not easily understood
by those who are not important ministers
with access to the necessary details
to grasp the complexities of the arguments.
My head is around these issues
no-one is holding a gun to it.

No comment,
I do not recall,
These issues are out of my hands,
These matters are for another department,
Yes minister.

Julian Assange poem in Poetry24

Julian Assange poem in Poetry24

I am very excited to have my poem Cable (the Julian Assange acrostic poem) published in Poetry24, an online journal of current affairs poetry. Click on this link to get to the poem and the journal.

Poetry24 was launched by UK based Martin Hodges and Clare Kirwan. Their aim is ‘to publish news-related or topical poetry that reflects what’s happening in the world, or current affairs.’

I like that idea a lot and was thinking of doing something like that on my own blog, and then found out it was already happening.

I found out about Poetry24 from reading Stafford’s blog. His poem Coal Seam Poison was recently published at the same place. Thanks Stafford for the heads up.