It’s hard to say ‘I love you’ to a Tory
by Louisa Campbell
It’s hard to reason with people who make you so angry
you want to beat some sense into their cold, cold hearts.
And why would anyone listen to someone who hates them?
So, here you go: I love you, when you stash your cash
in the Caymans. I can’t remember which one’s legal –
avoidance, or evasion – but it’s fine, don’t worry;
it makes no difference to the starving children
lining up to be fed by Unesco. You’re marvellous
when you keep lying while people are dying of Covid
because you ignored the experts’ advice.
How totally scrumdiddlyumptious of you to give
contracts to chums to make test kits and masks
that don’t work, or never turn up. How lovely you are
to clear the streets of the homeless, so you
don’t have to breathe the nasty beggars’ germs.
You’re fabulous when you believe the poor
are poor on purpose; I love you, I love you
Louisa Campbell has two published mental-health-related poetry pamphlets: The Happy Bus (Picaroon Poetry, 2017), and The Ward (Paper Swans Press, 2018). Beautiful Nowhere will be published in May 2021 by Boatwhistle Books.