A Sonnet for the day

I usually avoid politics, mostly because I dislike organised political parties – no one party ever has the policies that I want to endorse. It makes voting a really tough ask, but hey ho, that’s life.

However, and with apologies to anyone reading this who is not both British and interested in the Westminsterly machinations, the latest Cabinet reshuffle inspired (hmm, is that the right word? Drove? Or infected?) me so much that this little sonnet popped out.

Sleight of Hand


I woke to the news of Cameron’s reshuffle

which, to be honest, was all rather vague;

That was, until it was goodbye to Hague,

Soon followed by an awful kerfuffle.

I wondered ‘What now?’ Long grass, IDS?

Though the headlines were filled with retiring Ken Clark

‘I’m old, seventy four, the choices are stark’

It all seemed so random – a bit of a mess.

By lunchtime it seemed the worst was ove – r –

And, let’s face it, none sane would gnash and wail

At the overdue end of those stale pale males –

But wait! What’s this? A new role for Gove?

It’s mad – the world has turned on its head.

So surely that means the next PM’s Ed?

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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4 Responses to A Sonnet for the day

  1. Charli Mills says:

    While admittedly, this is a bit like reading a foreign language that I only barely comprehend, I recognize the the sleight of hand! For decades I voted “independent” refusing to join one corrupt side or the other. When I moved to Idaho I discovered the Liberals who actually make sense–their platform is less government. I like that idea. Good luck with the shuffling!


  2. Archaeologist says:

    The political life is devious one
    It is not for doves but for hawks
    Only one has entered it with an honest aim
    And his name was Guy Fawkes


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