Alan Morrison

 

 

 

Wood Panel Parliament

 

 

Catch the frantic scratch of pens in chequebooks:

The sound of Parliament dismantling –

Democracy’s swine impaled on meat-hooks.

 

An electorate, betrayed to tenterhooks:

Each Fascist warming up on his dark husting.

Catch the frantic scratch of pens in chequebooks:

 

Woodlice crawl out from the smouldering nooks.

Pugilist grubs rub hands to dish a pasting

For democracy to spit and pop on meat-hooks.

 

MPs named and shamed for flipping the books.

The Speaker, transparent as wood panelling

Catches the scratch of pens in chequebooks.

 

A hunting of the nark by booted spooks

So no more moles expose blank cheque accounting:

Democracy’s swine impaled on meat-hooks.

 

The match has been struck by scandal’s Guy Fawkes!

Kliesthenes, Keir Hardie and all are grave-turning

At this frantic scratch of pens in chequebooks:

Democracy’s swine fattened for meat-hooks.

 

 

 

 

[Note: Kliesthenes was the original founder of democracy in ancient Athens; Keir Hardie, the first leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party].

 

Alan Morrison © 2009