Down the pub
The old guys in the corner pretending
to still be boys despite the pot bellies
And xenophobia respond best to 'usual'?
They push the dominoes around the bored
look out the winder and count the hijabs.
Make sexist and racist remarks to nobody
In particular except when Mr Patel is near.
They like Pritti Patel for different reasons.
On certain days, when they have money,
They go into the bookies, bets on politics
Such as 3/1 on JRM to be next Tory leader
Or 1250/1 on an alien becoming the first
Gender neutral PM before the year 2050.
Passes the time and gives rise to a regular
Consumption of large amounts of
Processed meats of variable quality.
Thus the afternoon drains into evening
The early-doors boys go home
To tinned lager and cross words,
The rest stare at Sky Sports and count coins.