Our Minister, who art in cabinet,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy party won,
thy will be done,
in fact as it is in fiction.
Give us this day your empty signifiers,
And cover our stuff-ups,
as we cover yours when you pot us.
And lead us not into the glare of scrutiny,
but deliver us from scarce resources.
For thine is the government,
the power and the spin,
at least until the next election.
I have always been a great admirer of Whim Wham, which was the pen-name the great New Zealand poet Allen Curnow used when he wrote his weekly and extremely long-running satirical poetry column in the Christchurch Press and then the New Zealand Herald. Unfortunately, satire is not the current flavour of the poetic month but I'm sure it will make a return one day.
The Head of Department's Prayer is one of my attempts in the genre and pokes some fun at our Mandarins.
Tuesday Poem for more poems this week.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Tuesday Poem: The Head of Department's Prayer on a change of Government
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Very clever Keith and funny too. You could send it to Radio NZ National.ReplyDelete
Thanks Helen. Hadn't thought about Radio NZ.ReplyDelete
If Sir Humphrey Appleby was commenting, I'm sure he would say something along the lines of "Satire? How extremely courageous of you, Prime Minister..." But don't let this country's many Sir Humphreys put you off!ReplyDelete
... and Bernard Woolley would have said something like "Satyr? Weren't they part goat?"Delete