2015 12 – National Dementia (poem)

NATIONAL DEMENTIA

 

TV journalists yap as if on

liquor

a million candles

flicker

tired are the hands of the flower

picker

union jacks and tricolours no longer

bicker

but every day two nations become

sicker

vile messages of hatred on impromptu

stickers

red white and blue on national monuments

glitters

the voices of the sane are drowned out by

snickers

the faces scowl on Big Ben that giant

ticker

drop your fists we are Europe the ultra

hitter

they created a river of blood and now we are

its tributaries

high-stress patriotism makes it flow

quicker.

Wilson John Haire. 17-11-15