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Friday, 5 October 2018

Plastic Penguins in the Zoo

I have grazed the Internet
For news articles
Which left me uninspired
We are sick of Brexit;
Just let May and Johnson get a room
And fight over what's left of the time
To sort an unsolveable problem.

I could have chosen Stormy Daniels' new book;
The only reason anyone's reading it
Is to find the size of Trump's manhood
But sleazy and forgettable would probably summise-
Even Bill and Monica's indiscretion
Comparitively had some sort of class.

Kavanaugh is America's patriachy
Though I as a woman am wary to comment
On anything to do with MeToo
Trump says these are worrying times for young men;
I don't disagree,
All out war has been implemented
As women have had enough
On the sexual front.

Women's pension age over sixty has been raised;
Those affected had no notice
Pensions offices slapped with complaints
From females, just left work,
With nowhere financially to go
The UK Government says the average age for mortality is rising-
Don't you know.

So I've chosen the relatively safe topic of penguins;
Unfortunately attacked by an outbreak of malaria
The new batch promised at the Exotic zoo
Couldn't go
They filled the compound with plastic ones-
A bit deflating, true.

© Amanda Derry

Zoo fills penguin enclosure with plastic models following malaria outbreak

Amanda Derry joined a Creative Writing class, following a breakdown, which played a significant role in her recovery. She now embeds literacy skills into classes that she teaches. Amanda also runs the Facebook Group, I Love Writing.

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