May 06, 2021
A mawkish song bedraggled struggles ways along
Extolling solicitations on a fancied love affair
In which the actors watering their dear conceits
Revolve all feeling like a merchant might a pearl
Bigging-up selves with plaintive, zealous, sensitivity
Making a Roman circus of a clamorous Radio 3
Somewhere upon its wavy line it lost its taste, and bearings
Today is the day the Torquemadas in the Facebook reign
Gave judgement, as a lynching and a public hanging
Media, Zuckerberg, full gratified that they’re the spree
Pouring lugubrious mummery and honking trumping Trump
Monodies celebrating, advocating, monstrous gush
Obsequious in all ways approaching, abrogating tenure
And how involved it seems.
Weaving a mythos, winding backstairs listeners’ water clocks,
Writhing in all directions, eloquence excepts the salient
The nation of he who made the glorious Areopagitica
The home of Parliaments; all kin to Bluff King Hal
The whole Trooping the Colour but without The mobled Queen
Howso precarious challenging an audience
Of idiot British into bold debate
A simple issue even having grave import?
Or should the law take care, recover, misdemeanours
As days arrive, cautioning culprits, perhaps arresting;
Charging; and trying whether guilty; sentencing or not
Leaving the censorship thing ‘Korban’ - quite alone?
Silence imposed is suffering; suffering implicates us all
Maugre the voices silenced; its burden hung, a worry stone,
Weighing complicit raconteurs down to accomplice depths
And crowd confusions; the locker Davey Jones’.
And who, who are these Facebook, Twitter, Instagram?
There is no need, no purpose; neither one good gain
In granting by condolent countenance a power to call
On which it is to speak; and whom must take a hike;
Whose portmanteau by leave Dutch-auctions verity
Who might this gerrymandering and crony cardboard court
Of many colours, headlocked in the pay of croupiers
Be? And so regally sat, appointed, by leave of tainted hands
As if anointed? Let all the TVs simper, drool.
The Lord Christ gave good answer them by whose authority
Him had bestowed with power to bind and loose; His mystery
In parable and teaching, mission, ample sacrifice. By God
Their challenge ricocheted, backfired, and came upon
The inveiglers; likewise ought this mockery
Containing Trump recoil against those poppycock usurpers