Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Spanish Lesson

Guardia Civil
know the drill
Drafted in from other places
beating unfamiliar faces

Keepers of the peace
Police

That's the theory:
There and here, we
expect protection
get subjection

Saw that theory
cracked in practice
Dragged and kicked
grabbed and nicked

Keepers of the peace
Police

That facade's
been shattered
Charged and battered
punched and batoned

Washed away in voters' blood
Nipped in Catalunya's bud
Hammered homeward in detention
Spread the word, pay attention

Homework session
Spanish lesson

© Janine Booth

Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote

Janine Booth lives in Hackney, East London, and writes and performs poetry. She has had three slim volumes of poetry published, and posts poems and political polemics at www.janinebooth.com

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