Friday, 29 April 2011

Divorcing the Masses

on the morning of yet another
royal wedding i got up late
and unplugged the telly
choosing not to watch bargain hunt
(not rhyming slang) with all
that royal doulton royal worcester
all kinds of chipped and broken royal tat
or some other boring daytime chit chat
about what colour
kate’s royal knickers would be
‘cos i knew that today the media
in a bid to patriotically outdo each other
would be non-stop waving union jacks
as a regressive demonstration
of what a backward nation
we really are
with all that ancient pomp and ceremony
uniforms and royal etiquette
curdling the milk of me cornflakes
and when cutting a slice of bread for toast
it made me think of eating cake
madame guillotine
and finding the money to pay the bills
twenty first century job seeking man
running amok
in the museum of modern england

© Paul Levy

The Royal Wedding
P.A. Levy has been published in many magazines, both online and in print, from ‘A cappella Zoo’ to ‘Zygote In My Coffee’, and is a founding member of the Clueless Collective.