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Every political interference in human affairs has undesired side-effects. (Poem)


 

Employees are given a lot of rights, so employers are scared to employ and try their best to stick to subbies.

Wives come out of divorces with all the assets and all the custody rights, and then the next generation can’t get hubbies.

The Government pushes diet advice like healthy whole grains then wonders why there are more and more tubbies.

We need less political correctness, rather to remember basic good manners, and what brotherly, and sisterly, and for that matter sexual love is.

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Bleak Midwinter in Finland (with apologies to Christina Rossetti)


First published as part of the Daily Telegraph‘s February 2008 Creative Writing Competition. It was one of the six shortlisted out of about 40 entries. As ever I did not get the first prize, but it attracted a lot of positive responses. The reason for the “lizard and gizzard”  was down to the set words you had to include in the piece for the month, which was a continual feature of the contest. This time “lizard” was one of the words. Or possibly “blizzard”. I can’t even remember which ones the other set words were!

The picture which accompanied it is one of my stills from the visit with the image of Christina Rossetti, the authoress of the original Bleak Midwinter Poem, superimposed.

With Apologies to Christina Rosetti

"With apologies to Christina Rosetti..."

1.
In this bleak midwinter,
Frosty winds beat time;
Mirth stands hard as irony,
Slaughter-like the rime.
Crow is eaten, crow on crow
Crow on corpse of crow,
In this bleak midwinter verse,
Made not long ago. Read the rest of this entry

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