Just a few days ahead of our local elections, here in the UK, it seemed an appropriate moment to dash off a limerick. However, the Muse directed me away from our own politicians, and pointed a finger at Silvio Berlusconi. How could I resist?
A heartfelt piece, written in the wake of Osama Bin Laden's death, suggests that freedom is a fantasy. Kulsoom Mirza is a third year University student and, 'The Fantasy of Freedom' is the first of her poems we've published at Poetry24.
Paul Levy was inspired by what he considered to have been a 'Disney weekend'. In fact, 'Cheers (big ears), But No Cigar' highlights the way we see news stories that are important to us. In the case of football (soccer) Bill Shankly, a former Liverpool FC manager, famously stated, “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.” West Ham will testify, I'm sure.
Clare's irreverent recollections of that wedding, one week on, raised smiles and eyebrows, causing those who tried both at once, to look slightly manic. And, to round out the week, Philip Challinor's timely 'Noblesse Oblige' will have struck a chord with many…particularly those Liberal Democrats who regard the Conservatives as "ruthless, calculating and very tribal."
If you've been thinking about writing (and sending!) something topical - now is a really good time... and it could be YOUR name up in lights here next week!