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Carol Ann Duffy's poem re moving the goalposts

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Eloethan Sat 19-Oct-13 22:41:17

In the light of Owen Paterson's hilarious comment that the baders have "moved the goalposts", Carol Ann Duffy has written this poem:


Because the Badgers are moving the
The Ferrets are bending the rules.
The Weasels are taking the hindmost.
The Otters are downing tools.

The Hedgehogs are changing the
The Grass-snakes are spitting tacks.

The Squirrels are playing the
The Skunks are twisting the facts.

The Pole-cats are upping the ante.
The Foxes are jumping the gun.
The Voles are crashing the party.
The Stoats are dismantling the Sun.

The Rabbits are taking the biscuit.
The Hares are losing the plot.
The Eagles are kicking the bucket.
The Rats are joining the dots.

The Herons are throwing a curveball.
The Shrews are fanning the flames.
The Field mice are sinking the 8-ball.
The Swans are passing the blame.

And the Pheasants are draining the oil
from the tank -
but only the Bustards have broken
the bank.

Carol Ann Duffy

absent Sat 19-Oct-13 22:58:53

wry grin

Oldgreymare Sat 19-Oct-13 23:01:31

Eleothan thanks for that, saw it a couple of days ago on FB but was too lazy/slow to type it out here.
Our local MP , minister for agriculture at the time, and who was, in part, responsible for the decision to go ahead with the 'Cull' has resigned.
It (the Cull) is such a mess and should never have been allowed in the first place!
Juragran, who no longer appears on the forums, wrote an interesting post some time ago but did not add to the recent thread.

Anne58 Sat 19-Oct-13 23:04:00

Like it, but am tempted to apply for the post.

Oldgreymare Sat 19-Oct-13 23:08:43

Sorry.... Eloethan blame the lateness of the hour!

Nelliemoser Sat 19-Oct-13 23:12:24

I like that! I find Carol Ann Duffy writes well enough but I really don't think she can read her own work particularly well. Like a number of other authors and Poets . Radio 4 often get writers reading their own work and some are really not very good at this which can spoil a good story.

Eloethan Sun 20-Oct-13 00:15:44

I think it's refreshing that she doesn't feel obliged to churn out poems for "state occasions" in the way that Andrew Motion did. I read that he felt quite pressured and uncomfortable about it.

Ariadne Sun 20-Oct-13 04:32:45

That is so good! I do like Duffy, but agree she is not a good reader. I love "The World's Wife". She takes the voice of the wives of men from throughout history and gives their interpretation of events. I'm sure you'll know it. Some are poignant, others funny:

Mrs Darwin

We went to the zoo.
I said to him
"That chimpanzee over there looks exactly like you."

(From memory, so may not be accurate. Not at this time in the morning, anyway!)

Iam64 Sun 20-Oct-13 07:39:44

Fabulous, I hadn't seen this so thanks Eloethan. I enjoy Duffy, she's a breath of fresh air.

Eloethan Sun 20-Oct-13 10:15:43

"The World's Wife" sounds interesting. I'll have to look it up. Thanks Ariadne.

JessM Sun 20-Oct-13 10:34:15

Scourge of all cliche ridden politicians smile

annodomini Sun 20-Oct-13 10:48:44

So clever. Oh to be able to write like that!

Deedaa Sun 20-Oct-13 21:32:06

Up until now I've not been impressed by Carol Ann Duffy, but I really like this one!

Divawithattitude Sun 20-Oct-13 22:42:50

I saw her read lots of her own poems at a local theatre last summer and I have to say she was brilliant, Mrs Midas being a poem that particularly made me laugh. She also answered questions about her poems that are in the exam set books for English. I was amazed at how entertaining an evening it was and how interesting I found it.