Citizen's Lament

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Oh to be in prison now that April’s here.

The council tax is rising

And they’ve upped the price of beer!

The kids want pocket money

The wife wants – well, don’t ask!

When all I want’s a simple fag

And ale straight from the cask.


Oh to be in prison now that April’s gone.

There’s nowt good on the telly

And they’ve built a bigger bomb.

Three square meals a day, Guv.,

And a pillow for me head.

’cos they don’t care where you come from,

If you’re black or white or red.


Oh to be in prison now that Summer’s flown.

For the Winter nights are closing

And they’ve re-possessed me home.

I lost me job on Thursday

And me car was clamped  last Sun.

Well I’d stand a better chance here

If I’d asked for asylum!


Oh to be in prison through the wind and rain and hail

’Cos my bank account is frozen

And they open all my mail.

I might get to be a ‘Trusty’,

Tucked away from cold and damp.

And the worst thing that could happen

Is a touch of writer’s cramp!


Yvonne Brunton




◄ On Social Strata

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 13th Apr 2013 16:12

You are always worth reading - easy to follow with a cogent point to make.

Why not take out the 'Or' before 'If you're black or white or red'. IMO, it's a trip-up and really not needed.

<Deleted User> (10123)

Sat 6th Apr 2013 10:32

More handouts? - Bah, humbug! - but really it's very good, ta muchly, nick.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 2nd Apr 2013 16:09

I like the spoof on a famous poem. Neat.
JC's comments reminded me of s similar feeling
when seeing family in my South Devon birthplace,
only this time they all seemed to be from Liverpool!!

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Harry O'Neill

Tue 2nd Apr 2013 14:35

you`re just jealous of the Huhnes,
aren`t you?

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John Coopey

Mon 1st Apr 2013 23:04

I must say, Y, whenever I get the train back to Doncaster from London I seem to get in a carriageful of people visiting friends and relatives in one of Doncaster's prisons.

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