T-Bone Trump

I have written these lines in recognition of Mr Trump’s Summer visit to the UK. But what is there to recognise, in truth, behind the crass appearances presented on TV ? The squalling baby in nappies above the London skylines ? The humiliation of this small… Continue reading T-Bone Trump

The 70th Birthday

Michael Rosen was commissioned to write this poem for the 60th birthday of the NHS, ten years ago.  Rosen was the UK Children’s Poet Laureate at the time, but this poem was for everyone. He gave me his enthusiastic permission to include and display it on… Continue reading The 70th Birthday

Parrot Speaks True and Plain

This is probably the last of my series of Parrot poems. They were written quite thick and fast through June, with various very topical references. Thanks to my friend Roger Chaffin for suggesting I use the rhyme royal form.

The references to a parrot come… Continue reading Parrot Speaks True and Plain

Parrot Speaks of Dividends and Dishonour

Parrot Speaks of the Brexit Agon

“Taisez- vous, Parrot, tenez vous coy !” cries Galathea. “You said earlier you’d taisez -vous, but still you go on ! Have you forgotten all your Tudor French ?”

But then we read : “Haec res acu tangitur, Parrot, par ma foy.”

It’s Galathea… Continue reading Parrot Speaks of the Brexit Agon

Parrot Speaks of Youth and Hope

Skelton’s parrot is a bird of paradise. But  he mustn’t go on too long. If he has truth to tell in our storm, and wants to be heard, he has to be strategic. His cage is also his sanctuary.

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Parrot Speaks of Community and Dust

The three Parrot sayings going up this morning come more from Skelton’s original “Speak, Parrot” text than the two that went up yesterday. You can find at least some of the original poem on the home page of this blog (see right hand side). Obviously I’ve… Continue reading Parrot Speaks of Community and Dust

Parrot Speaks of Law and Dust

The caged parrot keeps talking and seems to have quite a lot to say. His original author John Skelton was alive during the Reformation, another time in which England broke away from Europe in various ways. For the Reformation was not

Parrot speaks of The People’s Will

Does May really mean what she is doing here ? There is a dog whistle sounding whenever she intones this dreadful phrase “I am delivering the “People’s Will.”  In the latest examples of it, she is setting herself up as the “People’s” friend and ally –… Continue reading Parrot speaks of The People's Will

Parrot speaks of a Pit Bull

Paul Dacre, longtime editor of the Daily Mail, a frantic and irresponsible source of Brexit propaganda, who used his right to free speech and his platform for delivering it, much less for the truth and the public good than for a chance just to bully and… Continue reading Parrot speaks of a Pit Bull

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