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21ST-CENTURY POETRY Terse Nurse Curse Verse by Davy King

Boris Johnson claps the nurses
after sending off in hearses
some without protective gear

why expect a sincere tear

your less than perfect leader holds the purse
deciding who gets well or dies in fear

inertia made the situation worse

as he protects his dear career
maybe he deserves our curse
instead of a resounding cheer

Davy King lives in Sheffield. 21st-century Poetry is edited by Andy Croft, email


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