Red Herrings

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Red Herrings


From Dealey Plaza to Salisbury

and all points in between,

the Bear has been the symbol

for the west to vent its spleen.

“There’s reds under the bed”

often heard, but rarely seen,

while a pumpkin president

conducts his grizzly Halloween.


From Novichok to Lee Harvey

the red herrings abound,

drifting through our freedoms

but hardly ever found,

like crimson mists of communists

they creep in without a sound

and disrupt our perfect world

and take our precious ground.


A pantomime of politics

needs villains to hiss and boo,

whether it be an oligarch

or the Labour leader who

would look after his people

just like the Russians do.

If you break down the word Socialist

you may just find the clue.


I don’t offer a perfect world.

I don’t offer absolution.

I don’t offer dictatorship.

I don’t offer revolution.

I don’t offer Communism.

I don’t offer the solution.

I just want a different way

and pray for evolution.

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◄ The Weeping Angel

blown it ►


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M.C. Newberry

Mon 9th Jul 2018 17:18

It has always interested me that the
"far left" of politics - wherever they
are found - seek and often succeed in convincing people that they are
misunderstood champions against
an enemy labelled "fascism" - and the
opposite applies, of course,
So - this is a useful reminder that democracy, with all its faults, is
preferred to any alternative in an imperfect world. The right (and
duty) to ask questions and criticise goes hand in hand with that
concept, much as it may dismay
and discomfort those seeking
primary power over their fellows, ready to send them into the
realms of night and fog or the gulag - and their death-dealing
equivalents when challenged.

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Brian Maryon

Mon 9th Jul 2018 13:02

Good one Ian. Folk can sound off about such things but it's better when it rhymes.

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keith jeffries

Mon 9th Jul 2018 12:52

Thanks for this well constructed poem. It made me smile more than a few times

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