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Saturday, 3 August 2013

Oneupmanship (after the birth of a blue blood)

britain can’t afford the petrol to get the sick in A & E
never mind the manufacture

and oncosts

of a mission to mars
though - after two weeks

rumour of the chancellor putting in a big bid
on tin foil head wear for MPs

is a much more believable prospect.

© Philip Johnson

UK team designs human mission to Mars

Previously appeared in: Poetry 24, The Ugly Tree; Poetry Scotland, Emergency Verse, Write Away, Caught In The Net, Red Pencil, Writer's Hood, Transparent Words; Emergency Verse and The Robin Hood Book.


  1. I like the real bite in this poem..the surreal humour midst the poignance of the real life needs..
    Certainly are different strokes for different folks..oh yeah!!!

  2. Thank you, Barbara. After a double shift this is a terrific surprise Hee hee hee!!