Complete. I dare you. Place a bet
The train is not on Platform One
Because they haven't built it yet.
The reason is that rolling stock
Removed due to decrepitude
Was not replaced by newer stuff
On time, due to ineptitude.
It's either that, or else they've made
A point we may have missed:
You can't say that the trains are crap
Unless the trains exist.
An Ancient Rome equivalent
Of Greenwich Dome and Tesco's
Was Nero's Golden Palace
With its subterranean frescoes,
And - apart from lakeside brothels,
Which our modern planners balk at -
The place was rich in gimmicks
For the visitor to gawk at.
And here the encrustations
Caused by damp had covered over
Some signatures an inch apart -
De Sade and Casanova.
Researchers who've uncovered
This graffiti on the wall
Are waiting for the scholars
Who may verify the scrawl.
For if they met, their common ground
But I'd like to see a transcript
Of those roues conversation.
Which leads us on to violence
Where opinion's quite specific
That the bloodshed on the TV
Is now "fun" and not "horrific".
This tallies rather scarily
With features in the news
On certain Nato generals
And the jargon that they use,
Eg, "in-theatre assets"
Which implies a veiled relish
Of the damage they're inflicting
With the missiles they embellish.
And caught between such gauntlets
As the Kosovo "solution",
The UK plants' carcinogens
And other nice pollution,
As much as just the notion of it
May stick in your throat,
Perhaps its time to reassess
What Nostradamus wrote.Reuse content