Bill Mitton

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Poetry In Motion - Poem by Bill Mitton

To be a poet Laureate be good at what you do
if what you do is kissing arse, well, that’s a talent too.
You have to know the ones to kiss, the mighty or the grand
include in this dead royal butt, if that’s all there is on hand

be fulsome as a sycophant, the verse is ‘by the way’
you needn’t try to rhyme or scan, but be careful what you say
don’t rock the boat, or startle, preserve the Status Quo’
make sure the ones you versify are always ‘in the know’

Do not court controversy, keep your poems bland
That’s how to win the laurels of high poet of our land
Never heed the call of poets who hold a different view
Let them kick the arses, and leave the kissing up to you

Who ever said that poets, must challenge where they can
Or point out the inequities or errors in life’s plan
It’s not our job to criticise, to chastise or berate
poet laureates ought to eulogise, or versify the great

Yet in the realm of lesser folk there’s somehow held the view
That poetry should help to change the jaundiced to the true
They seem to think the Laureateship has lost a lot of late
And if there’s poetry in Motion, is still open to debate

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 14, 2010

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