Hardened Art Series

Don't go feeling sorry for Katie Hopkins;
She's not yet having to root through the bins.
And if she can't face the Schadenfreude,
She shouldn't be such a Scheißschleuder.


Metronomically Mephistophelian

Modest Mussorgsky.
No shrinking violet he.
Pitchers at an exhibition match, he aimed to please;
Scratchers appreciated his musical fleas.

credit: Ilya Repin


With a Lemon, Make Lemonade

McArthur Wheeler's
Not one of the Pittsburgh Wheeler-Dealers.
The career of this bank-robbing thug
Turned as sour as his lemon-soaked mug.

By Elena Chochkova [CC BY-SA 4.0] 



Athelstan Joseph Michael Eavis.
He conceived this:
'A fallow season,' he blurts,
'Gives next year a better crop of yurts.'

Credit: Justinc


Applaud Quietly

Mr Ivor Cutler
Sourced his jungle tips from a sutler;
Wrote deadpan verse without rhyme or raisin,
And awkward soft Glaswegian phrasing.

Roger Kohn [CC BY 3.0 
via Wikimedia Commons


Speaker's Cornered

Dominic Grieve,
In again trusting his PM, was touchingly naive.
Meaninglessly he voted against his own clause;
A rebel without applause.


One Year On...

Moved today listening to first-hand and eye-witness accounts of the terrible fire that consumed Grenfell Tower and 72 of its residents. Particularly harrowing were the insights into the initial and ongoing effects on the children of the neighbourhood, especially the impact of the particular nature of the tragedy.

How to tell a child?
Her pre-school friend's still missing
Though she's still at home.


Bring Out Your Dead

Arkady Arkadyevich Babchenko

Tweaked the despot's tail, a tale all men know.
Oh, Ukraine - beware
The Story of the Boy Who Cried Bear!