villanelle from Hell

Back in the execrable era of Howard and Ruddock I wrote a poem named A Villanelle on Certain Provisions in Relation to a Bill concerning Anti-Terrorism. It’s being resurrected for a poeticA program (ABC Radio National May 11th at 3pm repeat following Thursday at 9pm) focussing on the resurgence of the villanelle in contemporary Australian poetry. It’s also available as a podcast HERE.

Also represented in the broadcast are Stephen Edgar, Melinda Smith, John Kinsella, Jordie Albiston, Suzanne Edgar, Michael Thorley, Jeri Kroll, Timoshenko Aslanides, Ian McBryde and Chris Wallace-Crabbe.

Thanks ABC for publishing my work.

 

 

 

 

A Villanelle on Certain Provisions in Relation

to a Bill concerning Anti-Terrorism

by the Hon. Phillip Ruddock

 

This legislation I most heartily endorse

Certain Persons are a risk to our Community.

These matters would be considered in due course..

 

Asylum seekers must be stemmed at Source

While other options there may well be

This legislation I most heartily endorse

 

The only point I’d make is…  Force

Is always justified for Border Security.

These matters would be considered in due course…

 

We are obliged to examine each legal resource

In regard to this, it seems to me

This legislation I most heartily endorse

 

I’ve repeated this on occasion till I’m hoarse

It’s not a matter I can discuss publicly.

These matters would be considered in due course…

 

This is not a matter for feelings of remorse

The appropriate committee will put its position undoubtedly.

This legislation I most heartily endorse.

These matters would be considered in due course…

 

© rob walker, 2006

(from micromacro Seaview Press, Sept, 2006

ISBN 978-174-008-415-4)

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