Stormy Petrol


It is the inalienable right
of every citizen
to drink a pint of free petrol.

Therefore I will take
the forecourt to the law court,
when so many drivers
are starving. Why
should they pay through the nozzle?

The pump is a pimp.

Fill me up! Your gas
is as good as mine! I was fed
four-star at my motherís breast!
I am fuming! I am as mad
as a ten-gallon hatter!

[July 2000]

From the book Make Mine a Double

Drivers threatened to boycott garages in protest at the supposedly high price of petrol.