A DAYTIME DIASPORA

A DAYTIME DIASPORA
Bruce Harris

A few more daytime stalwarts, I thought,
to renovate the creaking schedules;
the plasterboard here, the pebbledash there,
and the whole damn house might still not fall down.

‘Stash in the Attic’, where police dogs descend
on an unsuspecting celebrity addict,
giving new meaning to the crack in the wall
and the favourite pot on the sideboard.

‘Bash in the Attic’, where a demolition gang
surreptitiously destroy a celebrity villa
all the way down to the BAFTAs in the rafters;
‘Down to the Keyhole’, or ‘Ready Steady Gone’.

‘Meal or No Meal’, where pensioner couples
separate the money into neat little boxes
for renting and clothes and heat and food
and decide each week what they can’t afford.

‘Spiel or no Spiel’, where an invited audience
hears ‘Go Compare’, ‘Meerkats’ and the sodding Halifax
and decides on the merciless slaughter of the week;
‘Through the Earhole’ or ‘Bargain Stunt’.

‘Wheels or No Wheels’, where celebrity vehicles
are parked and left in suitable estates
and dared to be fetched before they’re stripped;
write off for details of Write Offs.

And as they say, the world will go on
as the world must and inevitably does
but without a false tan and a programme plan
the world can jolly well go on somewhere else.

©2012 This work is the property of the author.

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Posted on October 25, 2012, in Bruce Harris, POETRY and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. MM welcomes Bruce Harris, with the first of two poems. I like a good satirical snipe, especially at daytime TV. Funny stuff with a serious point.

  2. Celebrity cultural satirical narrative with bizarre twists and turns of language reflecting the state of mind of the channeling mindless.

  3. Like the writing. Like the content.

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