Austerity’s Villanelle by Andy Brown

It is all very well championing austerity

while so many people are poor

but can somebody please tell me how poverty equals prosperity

 

when rent-raising landlords lack compassion or humility

and claimants are sanctioned by fifty-pound law?

It is all very well championing austerity

 

when those that are in power are a minority

that cut, trash and sever by departmental claw

but can somebody please tell me how poverty equals prosperity?

 

What hope is there for the majority

who know lack of a goal means no prospect to score?

It is all very well championing austerity

 

whilst a hungry belly gives no serenity

and you can’t trust those who you vote for

but can somebody please tell me how poverty equals prosperity?

 

How on earth do they have the temerity

to squash their opposition to the floor?

It is all very well championing austerity

but can somebody please tell me how poverty equals prosperity?

..

First published in the Militant Thistles.

I am Andy Brown (not the famous one from Exeter, another one!), an ex-prisoner, recovering addict and winner of community regeneration award who performs under the title of The Grandad from Knowle West.

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