This Is Not a Well Made Poem
The well made poem puts on its dicky bow,
walks to the top of the hill,
and has what it calls an epiphany.
The well made poem sees every side of the argument,
except those proscribed by the BBC.
The well made poem has between
twelve and twenty five lines,
all roughly the same length.
The well made poem worries
about Afghanistan (and before that
Vietnam) only when the situation there
might lead to the whole idea
of the well made poem
by a device left at the side of the road.
The well made poem plans to bury
GK Chesterton, William Wordsworth, Sir John Betjeman
and, eventually, Sir Andrew Motion
under its sparkling new patio.
The well made poem never mentions
the puppy processing factory
it knows you own, or your preference
for televised inter gender wrestling.
The well made poem believes
nuclear weapons are necessary
to keep poems like it safe
from all the rough language
gathered ungovernable at the border
forever threatening to invade it.
Feature Image: “Baker Shot”, part of Operation Crossroads, a nuclear test by the United States at Bikini Atoll in 1946.