Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0019 Supabug Of The Mind - Poem by Michael Shepherd

There’s an infectious bug
racing through the British meeja
especially TV and radio,
corrupting every interview,
reducing interviewers and
viewers to mindlessness
and no-one notices,
no-one tries to stop it:


‘How pleased are you to have won this match? ’ or
‘How sorry are you to have lost this fight? ’

That’s on a scale of…?

In the legal profession, that’s known as
a ‘leading question’ – as in
‘How sorry are you to have killed your wife? ’

‘Hey, wait a minute, mate, I din’ kill ‘er,
I fort this was menna be a cor’ a law…? ’

They’re all infected – in a mere matter of a month or two..

What are you supposed to answer?
The incompetent interviewers leave
their poor victim - modest, proud, speechless -
squirming on the hook –
how are they supposed to answer?

‘Well, not particularly pleased,
since he was an under-achieving also-ran
that my manager picked for this fight
as his last pay-cheque before retiring
and to boost my ratings and
my managers’ ten-per…’

‘Well, not particularly sorry,
since my manager says the rematch will bring in
even more dosh and
it’s a sure thing and paid for
that I’ll beat him…’

* * *

So how pleased are you to be alive
to read this useful heads-up,
- on a scale, say, of
Genesis to Revelation?

Comments about 0019 Supabug Of The Mind by Michael Shepherd

  • (12/18/2006 3:47:00 PM)

    Love to see, a PH rag of social and political criticism/commentary,
    a collage of such as this,
    and I'd title it, whatever that park is you Brits have-
    where you get to stand on a box
    and whistle in the trees,
    this would be fine opening page...

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 18, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 11, 2010

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