Posted by: David Harley | July 6, 2013

…And this is not a worksong

New measures
have been announced
towards the discouragement
of the untidy idle
now littering the street corners
and public reading-rooms

wilful unemployment
is now punishable upon summary conviction
by six months community service
walking the magistrate’s beagle
with dustpan and brush…

 

Published in Vertical Images 2, 1987. Copyright David Harley, 1984. A companion piece to ‘This is not a love song…’

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