Poems of the Week

Their Masters’ Voices?

by Jerome Betts

The leaders of the Conservative and
Labour parties “debated” on television.

Yes, Boris versus Jeremy
At last, put on by ITV!

Their much-hyped meeting, face to face,
Avoided meltdown or disgrace
While showing off their verbal mettle—
But was it merely pot and kettle?

Were there not also in the lists
Invisible ventriloquists
So both mouthed lines that puppeteers
Provided for the public’s ears?

A proxy war, a clever trick—
Yes, Seamus versus Dominic!