Die DePfeffelschrift PAGE TWELVE : Penelope Shuttle

Liz Truss Blues

Liz Truss Liz Truss
do I know that name?
Liz Truss Liz Truss?
she got no kinda fame! 
Liz Truss? Liz Truss!
tell me I am wrong!
Liz Truss Liz Truss!
Ding blimey dong!

Liz Truss Liz Truss
with your wooden tongue
Liz Truss Liz Truss
soon be outa number ten 
Liz Truss Liz Truss
let’s have a singalong!
Liz Truss Liz Truss
getting stuff all wrong!

Liz Truss Liz Truss
is this all a dream?
Liz Truss Liz Truss
I think I’m gonna scream 
Liz Truss Liz Truss
storm clouds gather high
Liz Truss Liz Truss
with her primetime lie

Liz Truss Liz Truss
I hear the thunder roll
Liz Truss Liz Truss
puts us on the dole 
Liz Truss Liz Truss
now the lightning flashes
Liz Truss Liz Truss
one of Putin’s lasses

Liz Truss Liz Truss
now the heavens open
Liz Truss Liz Truss
darlin how yer copin 
Liz Truss Liz Truss
now the storm has broken
Liz Truss Liz Truss
what have you awoken? 

Liz Truss Liz Truss
take a mo to ponder
Liz Truss Liz Truss
I think you should absconder 
Liz Truss Liz Truss
I’m off to get some lunch
Liz Truss Liz Truss
be careful who you punch

Liz Truss Liz Truss
your middle name is folly
Liz Truss Liz Truss
better get your brolly
Liz Truss Liz Truss
flaunting her plumage
Liz Truss Liz Truss
doing nowt about sewage

Liz Truss Liz Truss
what a fuss what a fuss
Liz Truss Liz Truss
little Miss Non-plus
Liz Truss Liz Truss
she’ll miss the shuttle bus
Liz Truss Liz Truss
(and so on ad nauseum…)

Penelope Shuttle lives in Cornwall. Her thirteenth collection, Lyonesse, appeared from Bloodaxe in June 2021, and was Observer Poetry Book of the Month for July 21. Covid/Corvid, a pamphlet written in collaboration with Alyson Hallett, appeared from Broken Sleep Books, September 2021. Father Lear, a pamphlet, was published by Poetry Salzburg in June 2020. Shuttle is President of the Falmouth Poetry Group, founded in 1972 by her late husband, Peter Redgrove. She is a Hawthornden Fellow, and received a Cholmondeley Award in 2017.

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