National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 24: Bloodsucking politicians

My Day 24 poem is my response to the prompt, which is to find an article about an animal, then replace the name of the animal with something else, and use the resulting text as the basis for a poem. I opted for biting satire; I used this Guardian article about leeches. Is it appropriate? Probably not.

The bite of a politician
is a vague sensation
thanks to the anesthetic it injects

The politician leaves a distinctive bite mark
in the form of a Mercedes-Benz logo

The anticoagulant it emits when it feeds
keeps the blood flowing for as long as 10 hours

The bulk of the politician’s body
is for storage

This can cause problems—
a big hungry politician
will feed on a small hungry politician

The best way to ensure peace among politicians
is to control the temperature
so they are half asleep

A spaced-out politician
is the safest politician

Politicians can transfer blood
from one person to another

A filled politician
is a biohazard

(24 April 2021)




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  1. I enjoy a bit of biting satire and this one is topical and clever, Kevin! I especially love the opening lines and these lines:
    ‘a big hungry politician
    will feed on a small hungry politician’
    ‘A filled politician
    is a biohazard’.

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