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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Harry and Yanny and Meghan and Laurel

Laurel hangs bunting and arranges balloons
in bunches of red, white and blue
while Yanny tots up the cost of the celebrations
and cuts funding to front line services.

Laurel sets out place mats with crown motifs
and double checks the seating plan
while Yanny moves on anyone not wrapped
in a flag or clutching official merchandise.

Laurel gets teary-patriotic-drunk
and gasps at the dress
while Yanny takes a Stanley knife
to the sleeping bags of the homeless.

© Neil Fulwood

Homeless people in Windsor have belongings removed to be stored ahead of the Royal Wedding

Laurel or Yanny explained: why do some people hear a different word?

Neil Fulwood is the author of media studies book ‘The Films of Sam Peckinpah’. His debut collection, ‘No Avoiding It’ is published by Shoestring Press.

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