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25 April 2014

Dag's Verse

What a bonzer tour! (Don't chunder.)
The Royals came Down Under,
both looking very chipper,
and I'm glad they brought the nipper.

Our PM Tony Abbott,
a monarchist by habit,
is set to slash the pension,
but that wouldn't get a mention

in official conversation
as they traipsed around the nation,
nor the planes he's gone and bought
though we think he didn't ought.

It was smiles and waves and toys
(for big and little boys)
in the headlines and the snaps,
the tweets and brand-new apps.

They attended the Dawn Service
with a solemn air of purpose,
then they came back for the march....
Now the crowds are feeling parched.

Let us raise a glass my friends,
as the ANZAC shindig ends
(and so does my daggy poem)
to their right royal journey home.

At dVerse we are invited to try a "dagsvers" — a Nordic tradition of daily rhyming verse on items in the news. In Australia, of course, "dag" means something very different. How could I resist?

27 comments:

  1. Anyone over 65 has a use by date.If you no longer work you are taking up air space and resources.. It has probably been calculated that it is more cost effective to starve the elderly causing early demise so that the savings can fund more important things like royal tours and politician's payouts. Most people would find it hard to believe that politics is that cynical.

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    1. Our present Government's attitude on many issues sure beggars belief!

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  2. ha. of course real issues dont get mention when the politicians go on tour...now the crowds all feeling parched...this has a fun cadence to it that adds to the cynicism...though i wonder if this present reality is truly cynical..ha

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    1. Oh, the young royals are nice people, and I don't have an issue with them as people — also I imagine they can read newspapers and form their own private opinions — but I am (a) a republican (b) VERY upset by our obviously truly cynical pollies, who scarcely even bother tying to disguise it (except when royalty visits).

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    2. And although everyone, even me, respects ANZAC Day, it is also traditional to have a big booze-up after the march.

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  3. oh i don't like those representation travels where no clear words are talked but everyone just smiles into cameras...ugh

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  4. I was looking up the Fairfax cartoonists earlier today and cackling at the likes of Leunig and Pope and all, and your poem just makes taking the significance out of nasty circumstances and ironies that much easier! Thanks.

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    1. I was thinking of being more biting, but then ANZAC Day got into it and the poem went its own way. I guess daggy is always anti-signifcant!

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  5. So frustrating for all the $ that most go to the wrong places....anywhere; I hear you loud and clear...nice poetic journalism

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  6. Nicely done, Rosemary. I like the young royals, they are lovely.

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  7. I love how you played with dagvers. How fun!

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  8. If it's all as bad as you say, you deserve the light relief of a smiley royal visit!

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    1. It's worse than I say! And the visit was much enjoyed.

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  9. ugh....... these poli-men are the same everywhere...nice poetic journalism Rosemary :)

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    1. Thanks, Sumana. And yes, it seems that they are. I wonder why?

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  10. Funny poem, plus, I learned some new slang!

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  11. all politicians learn the tactics of distraction when bad news comes around.

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    1. See my comment to hyperCRYPTICal, below.

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  12. Ha.. Yes spending money always easy for the Snollygosters ;-)

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    1. What a wonderful word, Snollygosters! LOL

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  13. He-he. Bonzer stuff.
    How clever politicians are hiding serious stuff - slashing pensions - down under distractions...
    They do this in the UK too.
    Anna :o]

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    1. Bread and circuses. The circus was lovely; we're a bit worried about the bread.

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