Winter of Discontent, I
written in response to the "fastest selling non-fiction book of all time," [Royal i.e. Expensive yet Useless] Spare, which "captures the [normally] ugly sides of royal life."
in the misty twilight
engraved on Royal hearts:
[n]ever complain, [n]ever explain
FYI: This tanka, the first of my new writing project, could be read as a sequel to the last tanka of my 9-tanka sequence, "Imperial leftovers: Seeing Is Believing," a poem written in response to the New Yorker's September 10 2022 question: Would Britain be better off without the monarchy ?
Its last tanka is as follows:
favorites and suchlike
jostle for spots
on Buckingham Palace's balcony ...
kids in a bakery window
... There were 3.9 million children living in poverty in the UK [fifth richest country in the world] in 2020-21. That's 27 per cent of children, or eight in a classroom of 30 ...
Added: Winter of Dis/Content, II
inspired by "Prince" Harry [Royal/Expensive Spare]'s "inglorious episode" with an older woman, who treated him “not unlike a young stallion."
after a quick ride
this red-haired woman
smacks my rump ...
in the muddy field
a part of me released
winds whip up snow squalls --
the man with a British accent
yells at my friend
a fifth-generation CBC
Go back to where you came from
FYI: CBC, Canadian-born Chinese, along with its American counterpart, ABC, is commonly used in North American diaspora/immigration literature.
Added: written for the 21st anniversary of the reopening of the notorious prison at the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay
row upon row of men
in orange jumpsuits with black hoods
Joe Biden: No Gitmo
FYI: Democracy Now, Jan. 12: Protesters Demand Closure of Guantánamo Prison on 21st Anniversary
In an open letter to President Biden, the ACLU, the Center for Constitutional Rights and over 150 other groups wrote, “The Guantánamo detention facility was designed specifically to evade legal constraints, and Bush administration officials incubated torture there. … Guantánamo continues to cause escalating and profound damage to the aging and increasingly ill men still detained indefinitely there, most without charge and none having received a fair trial.”