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That's the ID

The artifice of odium
pronounced upon the podium –

the sense of déjà vu,
not knowing who is who –

those faces, still, entranced,
or digitally enhanced –

the laughter without cause,
the randy canned applause –

speakers with their scripted guff,
smoke which leaves no heat, no puff –

the very serried ranks
of blanks who offer thanks

to leaders, who, a tidy horde,
are certainly an ID fraud.

That's the ID
Identity is the theme of National Poetry Day, which always coincides with the gradual wind-down of political party conferences.
4 October 2006


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