Poems of the Week


by Julia Griffin

MARGARET THATCHER’S AVERSION TO PANDAS REVEALED BY DECLASSIFIED PAPERS … Her hostility towards the animals was in stark contrast to her readiness to meet the disgraced ex-president Richard Nixon, despite civil servants warning her off. — The Guardian

Judging by her memoranda,
Margaret Thatcher scorned the panda,
Much preferring Richard Nixon,
Who had fewer flies or ticks on,
And had ever more to do
With bamboozling than bamboo.