A Government Recipe (For Disaster)

First pre-heat your political fervour to maximum temperature –
Introduce a badger cull, cut taxes for the rich.

Several thousand badgers (without TB)
1 row of Liberal Democrats (lightly mashed)
1 tin of evaporated sorry (for the inevitable broken pledge)
1 large dose of unemployment, debt
1 shredded NHS
1 pack of carrots chopped (for the plebs)
1 home-grown Boris Johnson (for the comic effect)
1 pile of printed money (for quantitative easing purposes)
1 large bucket of arrogance

Ensure all ingredients are well blended together – use a wooden spoon
but put aside the farmers and the animal activists – they do NOT mix.
Warning: Be sure to use heat-proofed gloves – a scalding likely.
Note: This procedure could take 5 years to complete.
In the meantime, emigrate.

by Louise Hastings

Written in response to Clarissa Dickson Wright’s assertion that we should cook badgers killed in the imminent cull The Independent
And with apologies to Ann Chance and her winning poem Hadron Collider Star Recipe published in the Poetry News 😉
On a more serious note, please sign the anti-badger cull e-petition Thank you!

After the Rain by Poetry Novice

Grey clouds lift, a break or two of blue
The rain that ensued has left a shine on the land
Brickwork freshened by moisture’s touch
Grime and dirt of the summer trailing away to a mortal end

Steam appears as the sun once more makes its dominance felt
The flora recovers, safe to raise their full faces
Noises once again, where there had been only roar
The evening sounds of the countryside, on the wind children readily explore

And now the evening settles, shed of it meteorological hiccup
Tomorrow brings a new dawn, a new sun, a new day
Awaiting more warming rays, a return to the heat and the dry.


I’m a 40 something novice to poetry living in south east england with my wife and two young daughters. I fell into writing some thoughts, which became poetic, whilst on a recent family holiday, and often I will put pencil to paper; and now to keyboard. http://poetrynovice.blogspot.co.uk/