by Chris Norris
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he would ‘rather be dead in a ditch’ than delay Brexit beyond next month.
- Economic Times, September 6, 2019
You've done your worst, let chaos loose,
And brought us close to ruin,
But now you'll find it's your own juice,
Not ours, you'll have to stew in.
There’s lots of ditches free for use
And fine for chucking you in,
As well as wide enough to sluice
Out clean with all your crew in.
No fear of audience abuse
When you make your debut in
The kind of ditch a tinpot goose
Might hatch a tinpot coup in.
O, how shall future times produce
Fit sequels that have you in,
Unless ‘be warned!’ is their excuse,
In which case you’re a shoo-in.
This poem is from The Folded Lie, Chris Norris's latest collection for Culture Matters, available here. Given the forthcoming general election, a more topical, relevant collection of political poetry would be hard to imagine!
Christopher Norris is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff. He is the author of more than thirty books on aspects of philosophy, politics, literature, the history of ideas, and music.