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the chinese bagpipe player

the games are over and the team called right said fred 
take home the tug of war prize a bespectacled man 
in full kilt clobber takes to the brink of the hill 
and a waft of circulatory inebriated borborygmus 
pumps out auld lang syne as the great unwashed gather round
heart-rending plaintive and sheepish no one sings 
but they just listen at this cultural give and take with
the opportunity to decorate your own gingerbread man
for the equivalent of five quid and a bouncy castle
full of toddlers howling as they can't get down
from the turrets stuck like toady sycophants 
and parents too pixilated to care as 
we celebrate the land of cakes 
and finally someone does 
shed a tear we're in awe 
we're touched the air 
all gone he stops
we applaud like 
and someone points out 
he was miming to a backing track the whole time

Copyright © Christopher Allen | Year Posted 2021


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