Thoughts for Thursday: A Poem Inspired by Some of the Scandals of Our Time



Crouched in darkness ‘neath the counter’s friendly face
Who could know the turmoil and the panic and disgrace
Taking care of business, for sure they could not lose
For hidden in the small print, no option to recuse

The heart of every village, yet rotten to the core
Members of the public support their local store
Exchanging daily pleasantries with Miss or Mr Post
Horizon in the shadows had marked them out as toast

Ah – reliable Horizon, software at its best
British justice serving its good masters’ behest
Years lost, lives lost, reputations too
An institution finished, and shame on those who knew

So move on to the next of the scandals for our time
And watch the politicians squirm in their own slime
Windrush, cladding, leasehold and Section 24
And hear the WASPI women banging at the door

Kicked into the long grass in hopes they’ll go away
Reducing compensation when dying by the day
Unheeded by bought media and difficult to see
Unless they’re in a program that’s aired on ITV

by Maria Bligh © 2024



  • Maria Bligh

    Maria Bligh is a journalist, published author, professional speaker, singer and artist now settled in Sussex, UK, having previously travelled extensively throughout the UK and overseas, including a period living in Geneva. Married to a successful musician and with a background that encompasses working in the music industry, finance, sales and presentations training, she maintains a diverse existence. Her interests encompass travel, nature, animals and the arts: music, theatre, painting, writing and philosophy. Maria now writes for online and print magazines. Having once maintained a regular full page in “A Place In The Sun” magazine, travel is an obvious interest, but her articles also cover a wide variety of subjects. She bills herself as “an observer of the human condition and all that sail in her.” Maria has frequently appeared on radio & TV as well as in print. Her humorous style has seen her travel the world addressing audiences throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia and as a cruise-ship speaker with P&O and Fred Olsen.

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