Elisha Beacons


We are a Job Lot,
eating berries; and nuts.

We believe in burning
Bush. We are drinking
champagne by the jeremiad.

The Devil has
all the best dunes.

Listen, do you want to
know our secret? Woh,
woh, woh, woh.

By the waters of Babylon,
we sit down, unwhipped.

Down with gospel truth!
We are all beard
and sandwiches. Gomorrah
is a long, long time.

   

[March 2002]

From the book Make Mine A Double

A group of rebel backbench Labour MPs styled itself “The Old Testament Prophets”, because they’d spent so long in the wilderness.