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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Poetry Bus Protest Song - Careful Now

Waddya we want?
A protest poem
When do we want it?
By Monday.

This week the incredibly talented Watercats (or Les chats d'eau, as they're known in French Polynesia) is behind the wheel of the Poetry Bus with an intriguing prompt, to write a four line protest poem with a dum-dum-dee-dum rhythm. Sadly, I cannot tell my dum from my dee, but the challenge is a good one nonetheless, particularly as Die Wasserkatze are going to make us all pop stars.

Protest song

We’ll mobilise the forces and take to the street
to make known our demands to the ruling elite.
And if they won’t yield, we will throw them all out
(by the way, what are we protesting about?)


  1. Simple ~~ John Lennon sang it beautifully ~~ power to the people!

  2. LOL - sometimes I'm pretty sure that we have NO IDEA what we're protesting about, we just know we're mad :)

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  4. When I first started reading this I was somewhat perplexed
    For the part about demanding I confess was too complex.
    But the final line - the fourth one, to be even more precise -
    Was quite funny (even comical) and I'd say more concise.

  5. Once again, Peter, you left me laughing. Thanks.

  6. Yep, I've seen many a march like this! I love that episode of Father Ted as well. In fact, I'm chortling all the while I'm typing this.

  7. Perfect! there's always something to moan about, but if we actually think about it closely, do we actually know why?... feck knows! this is great though ;-)

  8. Yeah -just show up and get involved!

  9. I love it - a definite anthem of sorts.

  10. Give me the ? placards and I'll go marching!!!

  11. Many thanks brothers and sisters.

  12. Right on!I'm with you all the way to the end of the (punch) line.