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Poetry on the Picket Line Gloomsters and Doomsters

this morning, embracing the spirit
of a newly energised nation
Kevin is at the foodbank once more
giddy with what he knows now
must be enthusiasm
which he – fool that he is –
had mistaken for hunger


believing in himself and what he can achieve
he picks tins of can-do beans
from the shelf – a small step, yes
but one he understands will lead
sure as eggs is eggs
to a better future

later, he will skip happily
through sunlit uplands
singing hallelujahs to the landlord
for renting out a flat with no room
for self-doubt, negativity,

or swinging the cat
he’s not allowed under the terms
of his agreement.


...the warm glow of positive mentality spreading through the nation...

Steve Pottinger

Poetry on the Picket Line is a squad of like-minded poets putting themselves about to read their work on picket lines, in the spirit of solidarity.

Invitations to rallies etc welcome, contact

The new Poetry on the Picket Line anthology is available at



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