Canto CXLV

Remember when those knobheads on the news
reported live the nights after the riots?
When nothing happened, the term that they chose

to describe the empty, nondescript streets
was the cretinous refrain, “uneasy calm”
Each Sunday, when I put the rubbish out

against the public bins I sense the same
uneasy calm amid the shop shutters,
the roads are always quietest at this time,

the final hour of Sunday, even nutters
are shut in as the night shift employees
drive vans full of the Monday morning papers

to all the towns that orbit the City,
where some stories will hitch a lift from brains
of tabloid toting, middle class commuters,

back to their spawning grounds on morning trains.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. peter litton
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 00:04:13

    In the paper the other day some knob-head, a poetry professor from Oxford, was slagging off sweet Carol Ann Duffy…I suspect he would regard the use of knob-heads in the first line of this poem as rather vulgar.


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