I read the news

Naporimo April 3rd 2022

Today’s idea is to take a quatrain from a poem that I like, and then write a four-stanza poem that explains or responds to each line of the quatrain, with each of the quatrain’s four lines in turn forming the last line of each stanza.

As I’ve been bought tickets for John Cooper Clarke’s new tour, I chose four lines from You Never See a Nipple in The Daily Express as the quatrain has a contemporary reference I could work with. Instead of the usual ten-line stanza of a Glosa, I stuck with the original six-line form that JCC wrote.

Seek out the truth they said,
Look for the facts.
Ignore the Morning Star,
It’s full of lies and biased tracts,
It will never expose Loony Labour wacks,
And the TUC and its treacherous acts.

Don’t buy me a Chelsea shirt,
I’ll only send it back.
No Ukrainian blood stains our Union Jack.
Of moral fibre we do not lack.
But why is Mrs Sunak under attack?
Kremlin money, all right Jack.

A wasted vote,
Is anything worth less?
Schmaltz and PR are used to impress,
See the new Emperor totally undressed.
Liars and charlatans never confess.
I’ve seen how democracy is under duress.

They print a feeding frenzy, padded,
With lies in excess.
I’ve read editorials by tits in distress,
And headlines made to make the Left look a mess,
I’ve seen a cock crow, with no fallen crest,
But I’ve never seen a nipple in the Daily Express.

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