Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Cash Spangled Banner

(a new anthem for a post-truth America)

Oh, say! can you see by the dawn's early light
That a beaming misogynist at twilight's gleaming;
White hoods are back, and lynching at night,
O'er the ramparts we watched drunken bigots all steaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that the Earth was scorched bare:
Oh, say! does that cash-spangled banner still wave
Though all of humanity's sent to the grave?

Oh the things, barely seen as reaction does creep,
Where a Billionaire host, claimed 'outsider' reposes,
What is that which will vote like a bunch of tamed sheep,
A reality TV host, half conceals, half discloses?
Now he catches the gleam of the photograph's beam,
Enough ugliness exposed to poison a stream:
'Tis the cash-spangled banner! a loin cloth to save
While the poor and the destitute head for the grave!

And where are the braves who were here before
The 'ching' of the Gold Rush and Cotton's confusion?
A history of genocide - here's the cat's paw:
Now the Standing Rock Sioux face foul pipeline's pollution!
No refugee has a welcome here save
For the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the cash-spangled banner does divide and rule
In a race to the bottom - where the folk act like fools

Oh, this should be never, when freemen shall hand
Over loved home to war's desolation!
And the murderers ransack, and screw other lands
Praise the power of the rich as they destroy your nation!
And as global warming turns crops to dust,
This be the motto: "In Trump is our trust":
And the cash-spangled banner in triumph unfurled
Will be the only thing left when they've destroyed the world.

© Des Mannay

Donald Trump to mark one-year inauguration anniversary with glitzy Mar-a-Lago gala as Congress moves to avert government shutdown

Des Mannay has won prizes and been shortlisted in 6 competitions, performed at 8 festivals, published in 8 magazines/blogs. His work has appeared in 13 poetry anthologies. Catch him on Facebook as "The stuff wot I wrote' Des Mannay - hooligan Poet". Twitter: @hooliganpoet

Friday, 19 January 2018

Ten-sixty-six and All That

Quelle surprise, Mon Dieu!
After nearly a millennium,
the tapestry that’s housed
in the town of Bayeux
will be shown in the UK
for the very first time.
Once assured of its safety
it will be coming our way.
But Macron has let it be known
it won’t be before twenty-twenty
and when it eventually arrives
the artwork will only be on loan.
To be reminded of ten-sixty-six
according to die-hard Brexiteers
is a threat of another conquest
and that the EU is up to old tricks.
But the remainers think it’s a thrill
that the French made the offer
to lend us the famous tapestry
which is a proof of their goodwill.

© Luigi Pagano

Bayeux Tapestry to be displayed in UK for the first time

Luigi Pagano has published three collections of poems: ‘Idle Thoughts’, ’Reflections’ and ‘Poetry On Tap’. His work has been featured in ABCTales’ magazines,UKAuthors’ anthologies, Poetry24 and several other publications.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Nice One Cyrille

An early early football
Memory sticks
Silver small time screen
When the unfancied
Cup upstarts
Beat the fancy Dans
At the heart and
The head of this team
This fearsome gentleman

I’d no grasp at ten
Of what was black
And what was white
But when
The foul and factious was
Back when
The boos and bananas were
The mark of the man
They couldn’t mark was
To take that abuse
Peel the layers
Reveal truths hard
And with a thumbs up
A melting grin
Bite off it’s ugly head
Then from 30 yards
Put any game to bed

To lay the paths
For those
Who had the grasp
All too concrete
Of what was black
And what was white
Against all the hate
For all he’d done
Nice one Cyrille
Nice one

© Mark Coverdale

Cyrille Regis obituary

Mark Coverdale was born in Darlington, grew up in the hills of Saddleworth. He now lives in London, writing and performing poetry around the subjects of politics, homelessness and social justice. Twitter: @cov_art Blog: