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A(nother) poem for .. James Shaw

New Zealand's semi-official poet laureate Victor Billot pens topical verse every Sunday. Today: Green Party co-leader James Shaw

Return of the Shawrax

I am the Shawrax. Remember me?

I am the co-joint-Grand Poobah of the Green Family.
 

Once upon a time I cared for the trees.

Now I care for the education of the upper middle classy.
 

I’m digging a hole for myself that is shovel ready.

Like some cash? Have this. It’s going free.
 

If you’re a lowly wretch in Public School 23,

don’t get upset if the ceiling’s leaky.
 

Just come over here and look carefully

at this double glazing for the well-off kiddies.
 

It’s all insulated! Toasty for their tootsies!

If you try a bit harder, this is where you could be!
 

Now this may look kind of (non ha ha) funny

if mum and dad are recycling their bags of tea.
 

But that is all cool. Don’t take it personally.
There are other ways you can be eco-friendly.

Try walking to Public School 23 in the rain, frequently.

Victor Billot has previously been moved to write odes for such New Zealand luminaries as Garrick Tremain, Todd Muller, David Clark, James Shaw and Gerry Brownlee.

* Made with the support of Creative New Zealand *

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