Our Country Flounders by Bradford Middleton

The times of chaos are upon us
As democracy flounders in the dirt
Elites worried for their power
People clamber to arm themselves
Within a system which ignores them
As the Tories veer to the right
And my party seems set to destroy themselves
Just like we should have back in the times
Of Blair, the war criminal whose
Invasion sparked the chaos infiltrating
Our lands and worries of another
Terrorist attack seem all the more feasible
But in our current mess would anyone even notice
And who would get the blame?
Jihadi Corbynites are everywhere
The red tops scream whilst surreptitiously
Telling their readership to get in line
And start doing what we tell you
Stop deposing and over ruling our
Non-elected leaders because we’ve never
Had it so good now we’ve left the EU
But in my mind that was one fuck-up
And that could be just down to stupid dumb luck
Until our overpaid footballers lose to a bunch
Of librarians meaning we have to experience
Two brexits in one week and that is surely
A sign of nothing but pure incompetence

Bradford Middleton was born in London in the summer of 1971 but didn’t begin writing poetry until he was 36 when he landed in Brighton.  He has a couple of chapbooks available, Drink Drank Drunk from Crisis Chronicles Press (Ohio, USA) and A Life Like This Ain’t For the Faint-Hearted from Holy & Intoxicated Press (Hastings, UK) as well as lots of material available online and in print.  Some of the places that have published his work include Zygote in my Coffee, Five Poetry, Ppigpenn, Rapoetics, Chicago Record, Rolling Thunder Quarterly, Section 8 Magazine, Mad Swirl, Your One Phone Call, Dead Snakes and Empty Mirror.  He tweets occasionally @beatnikbraduk. 

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