Listen with owl ears.
Can you hear the worn words?
we stand for the law abiding majority
We forgot they kept them stored
in loops on broken cassettes
the mob needs to be stopped
now they unfurl themselves
opening like unwelcome flags
we will keep putting them behind bars
bristling with a cacophony
of incomprehension on repeat cycle
the time is ours, the time is now
they crack in the dry wind
as chairs flap up
we need to take back control
leaving the floor littered with threats
waiting to be picked up
it’s time for common sense*
threaded like a necklace rattling with teeth.
*(Braverman October 4 2022)
Helen Scadding‘s poetry has been publi