Afterburn

..and now that we’re subsidised by the state
it doesn’t matter about being
late
we’re no longer working nine to five
I am just trying
to stay alive.

But
enough rope is enough for the hanging
and I ain’t hanging around for that,

and that, is the flat rate of income tax soaring,

this decade will become known as the roaring
twenties,
I can already hear the roaring of the female worker as the twenty pound notes in her wages desert her
and the men?
well
they’ll be in the shit again.

we’re done for
doomed
the workhouse looms

Marshalsea advertises rooms in the Metro
compact and bijou
for a touch of the retro
and
we’re done for.

© 2020, John Smallshaw.