Politics Isn’t My Thing

Your lungs are political spheres,
that rise and fall with tides of
legislation, as we try to be
a greener nation and fail
to nurture this dying mother of millions,
unable to demobilise, de-plasticise,
and give her just five minutes peace.

Everything is politics.

Your local school is a political microcosm,
bursting at the seams with tiny
politicians, on a mission to fulfil the
outstanding ambitions of their
exhausted teachers. They understand
the daily dramas of social injustice,
as they mediate and negotiate in
the concrete crèche of the playground.

Everything is politics.

Your food is grown in green-benched
gardens, ploughed in furrowed brows
of activist Earth-lovers, and shunned
for sugar by big businesses
who mortgage the health of your kids
to buy sweet new seasons of profit.
You eat the scraps from their table,
from Waitrose, if you’re able but
more often than not from the
yellow-sticker bin, within which
you find their discounted leavings.

Everything is politics.

Your neighbour, that nice nurse
neighbour, who fed your fish when
you holidayed in Spain has had,
once again, to placate the A&E
drunks before treating them for
self-inflicted cuts and grazes –
nothing amazes her now. Except
for the comments. Those coarse,
curt comments, that still suck the
air from her lungs as her paralytic
patched-up patients tell her to
go home. So she will. For good.

Everything is politics.

You were born into politics
and you’ll leave it feet first –
your family gasping
at the cost of the coffin and
asking why it costs the Earth
to bury you in it.

Be a voice whilst you have one,
because politics
can’t not be ‘your thing’.
If your ‘thing’ is life
then it’s politics.

 

 

Girls Lunch

the pulse in my forehead makes my sunhat

flinch

so I know I’ve had too much fizz – most
of the lunch money has downed itself,
drowned itself, found itself in the dregs
of cheap bottles and the bistro’s
artfully rusting terrace walls shout
at my face in plant-pot orange

a keen keen very keen waitress
is very keen to help us line our stomachs
with frondy plates of perfect pea shoots

She tells us that the chef is very particular.
He places
each
pea
shoot
with
tweezers
onto dishes that have no edges …

but the foamy minty apple juiciness
that he’s coated it all in
threatens
to make a run for the table

seep into its scrubbed wood and

fester

in the cracks

where the cleaning spritz can’t reach

i look into the cracks to check and

there

right there

is a gathering of croissant crumbs
left
probably
by mummies in their active wear
or
by sunken-eyed office workers with extra
holes in their belts, sweltering over an
artisanal coffee with chocolate chip biscotti
that comes from actual Italy don’t you know

my derisive snort draws eyes
a side eye
a subtle eye
a gentle pry
and

the pulse in my forehead makes my sunhat

flinch

so I know I’ve had too much fizz