Broccoli and Politics

As the end of the year draws near, I have been working on a poem to try and put into words some of the anger I feel about the political situation at the moment. I have had a few weeks of high drama including getting locked in a building in Leeds with fifty arts activists and David Cameron – surrounded by police vans and horses. The prime minister had come to visit ‘Shine’ to talk to relate counsellors and got angry arts people instead!

Here is the poem – a bit bleak, I know. But there it is.

October 2010


Our purple sprouting broccoli

struggle to grow heads this year.

The roots are pot-bound in the plastic tubs

we bought in bulk. Cabbage whites have feasted

on the shoots. Each crocheted plant is sick.


Today The Coalition will announce its cuts.

Our friends who work in libraries

and museums, poets who scrape a living

in schools, posties with their arthritic knees –

hold their breath.


We stare into a future where lives

are stunted and may not flower;

where leaves yellow and drop

onto the cracked paving stones,

onto the pot-holed streets.


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2 thoughts on “Broccoli and Politics”

  1. Anne
    That is a very depressing poem, but I hope desperately that things will improve. However I am not a political animal, but I can’t condemn the present government because so many of our problems that we face at the moment are courtesy of the banking world and their greed and past governments too. We can’t go on spending more than we are earning – every household knows that, and the same applies to countries! Whether the decisions being made just now are the right ones to try and start balancing our books, is open to debate…many, including myself, feel that the cutbacks are too harsh,……but we do have to cut back on our spending.
    However on a brighter note…I hope you are well and have a lovely Christmas. I am delighted to say that I hope to retire at the end of January as I was 60 in November. Very tired of it all, so looking for some ‘me’ time! Ev x

  2. Thanks for the comment Eve – I do agree – I think the speed and depth of the cuts feels very unfair to me. I also blame the banks and fat cats – the likes of us do not see any of it do we?! Absolutely lovely to hear grom you and I hope retirement is a sheer delight – you deserve it. Anne x

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