Poems of the Week

The Naughty List

by Steven Kent

“‘Whisper list’ contains 40 politicians never to accept a drink from, MP claims”
The Guardian

Girl, find a public place, a park or station,
If you and he must talk of legislation.
Don’t meet him in his office or a bar
Or any place no other people are.
He wields a lot of power, so much leverage;
Decline if he should offer you a beverage,
For God knows what’ll happen if you drink.
(“Back-bench” he’s called, but not for what you think!)