Poems of the Week

The Reproach of Boris the Brazen

by Philip Kitcher

“Boris Johnson COULD still return to Downing Street
if Rishi fails to turn the polls around, allies warn the new PM”
Daily Mail

I have cut short my holiday
to heal the wounds that part us,
knowing that I was born to play
the role of Cincinnatus.

I’m charged with straying from the truth—
my critics make up stories.
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth
to have such thankless Tories!