Shit-Sock Sonnet (a political satire)

 

“Roll up! Hear the latest reports from our government,”
A homeless man on a park bench gleefully shouts,
“Woman in wheelchair throws shit-socks at parliament!”

“She said it was for the country’s good,
She’d ensured the more decent MPs weren’t about,
Roll up! Hear the latest reports from our government,

“No one believed her; she said she would
Make sure Lammy and Lucas each had nice days out;
Woman in wheelchair throws shit-socks at parliament!

“She did what few really thought she could,
She’d counted all the laws she intended to flout;
Roll up! Hear the latest reports from our government,

“MPs serve us shit like it was food
And nothing we say or do seems to have much clout,
Woman in wheelchair throws shit-socks at parliament!

“Her dream of this suits a public mood,
A dream featuring headlines; a front-page layout;
Roll up! Hear the latest reports from our government;
Woman in wheelchair throws shit-socks at parliament!”

Antonia Sara Zenkevitch

Apologies to anyone who doesn’t like swearing, I felt it appropriate for both alliteration and theme.

The form of this poem is inspired roughly by a villanelle sonnet guide by Sonya Annita Song, whose poem challenges have lately been a source of great entertainment and motivation. I imagine this may be a little on the edge. It’s written from the perspective of a homeless person acting as town crier. I’ve chosen to push the rule that lines don’t have to contain the same number of syllables and to introduce long sentences and near-rhymes, so the sonnet flirts with prose.

The content of this poem is an image that makes me giggle to myself and keeps me smiling when politicians are spouting rubbish. It is, of course, not something I would actually do or recommend anyone else doing.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. antoniazen says:

    Reblogged this on The 48%.

  2. Cubby says:

    Lol this is a witty and funny take on the villanelle. You adapt forms so well to suit your needs. Love this. 🙂

    1. antoniazen says:

      Thanks, for the lovely comments, as always. I think this post lost me a couple of followers – who may or may not have read it – but I don’t regret posting it. (I wouldn’t post it directly on anyone else’s blog though. )

      1. Cubby says:

        If you can’t be free to express yourself on your own blog, then what’s the point? It would be a shame to regret it.

      2. antoniazen says:

        🙂 I have added a Site Policy and Philosophy Page today so people know where I’m coming from. I would only use the mildest swear word rarely on my own blog and only where I deem it is of thematic merit. To be honest it’s unlikely I’d want to use it again, but, like you say, if you can’t express yourself what’s the point. Anyway, thanks for your kind words. Enjoy creating 🙂

      3. Cubby says:

        That’s a great idea to make those pages. It will help the readers get to know you better. 🙂

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