In this poem I look at the deflections politicians or their advisors use when they need to find excuses for mistakes or inappropriate behaviour. I’ve given it the title Squirrels I hope you enjoy the read.


the usual distraction
used by those
who want you to look
the other way
while they do what needs done
in their opinion
leaving you confused and bewildered
rulers continue to rule
and masters tell servants
their tasks for the day
with instructions to leave no trace
of the workings on screens
or on desks
tomorrow they will rearrange deckchairs
when the squirrels appear
with secret messages
to guide them to the iceberg
assuring them all will be well

© Gayle Smith 2020

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