Poem a Day 2015 #17 – Good Morning Australia

Poem number 17 for April 2015. Not sure what’s going on here, except it’s cryptically political and inspired by hearing a far, far superior poem this morning called “Good Morning America” by Curt Anderson.

Good morning Australia…

may I direct your attention

to rivers of alcohol under a veneer of ice,

the dilated pupils of the penniless gamblers,

and damaged sportsmen

giving themselves up for adoption by the state

rather than face the unreality of idolatry

 

may I point out

the desecrated monolith at the heart

of your promotional campaign

where the status quo is inverted

in an attempt to gloss over

the ruined fabric of dot paintings

 

can we speak quietly

of the domesticity of your suburbs

in which abuse is colour blind,

the churches are oh-so child friendly

and the hierarchies pre-occupied

with limiting their liabilities

 

and perhaps I could just whisper

in a guarded way

of the barbed remarks

and arguments persecuted

by wiry men refusing refuge

 

 

do not raise your voices

lest you drown out the staccato slogans.

the dogs may become inured to the whistles

of the ring-leaders

and the circus may be left

with only straw men

and locked cages.

 

 

Copyright Mike Hopkins 2015

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3 thoughts on “Poem a Day 2015 #17 – Good Morning Australia

  1. and perhaps I could just whisper / in a guarded way / of the barbed remarks / and arguments persecuted / by wiry men refusing refuge

    Very clever word combos and assonance

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