Poem a Day 2013 #9: Thatcher takes Tea with Pinochet

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Poem number 9. I got home last night to hear that Margaret Thatcher had died. I have many memories of her time as British Prime Minister. I remember marching in a student protest in the streets of London against her. I also remember her closeness to General Pinochet, a man responsible for the torture, disappearance and murder of thousands of his own people, including women and children. She ‘took tea’ with the man on several occasions.

 This piece is rough and raw and jagged, and will be worked on some more when ‘poem a day’ is over. But sometimes rough, raw and jagged fits the bill.

 

Margaret Thatcher Takes Tea with Mr. Pinochet

How do you take your tea Mr. Pinochet?

Assam or Pekoe, green or Earl Grey?

Do you take milk and sugar, do you like china cups?

When you’re torturing children, how many  lumps?

 

How do you take your tea Mr. Pinochet?

A pot, a diffuser, in bags, please just say?

Do you like a tea strainer, do you need more hot water?

When you kidnap and murder, do you slurp from the saucer?

 

How do you take your tea Mr. Pinochet?

Full, strong, and dark,  pale or halfway?

Do you dip in a biscuit, a Marie or gingers?

When your soldiers rape women, do you eat lady fingers?

 

How do you take your tea Mr. Pinochet?

Please stay for dinner? We have a buffet.

With all sorts of meats, spare ribs and jugged hare.

When you burn a dead body, is the flesh very rare?

 

Mr. Pinochet,  how do you take your tea?

Sit back and relax, you’re safe here with me.

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Copyright Mike Hopkins 2013

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19 thoughts on “Poem a Day 2013 #9: Thatcher takes Tea with Pinochet

  1. Really, really good, Mike. The rawness is what makes this poem. It echoes my feelings about John Howard and his pleasant BBQ’s with George W Bush as they congratulated each other on their part in an illegal war which resulted in the unnecessary deaths of thousands upon thousands of innocents.

  2. A fantastic poem Mike.
    Reading your poems each day is inspiring. I want to write! ( now, if only I had some time…)

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