Ray Miller

Ray Miller

Ray Miller is a socialist, Aston Villa supporter and faithful husband. Life's been a disappointment.

An Unannounced Inspection
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 15:25

An Unannounced Inspection

Published in Poetry

An Unannounced Inspection

by Raymond Miller

and the royals are in for questions, under threat
of Special Measures. The Household Cavalry
shake and spray on popular street corners,
then watch the kettles boil, before they burrow
under cover to bugger those who wished a burkha
made Her Highness less familiar.

Miss Camilla has been cautioned for frightening
the corgis and the treasurer's been collared
with his hands in young girl's panties.
Prince Phil must pull his finger out in Art
and Social Science or face endless
cocktail parties in the land of Bongo-Bongo.

There are murmurs of tomatoes selling memoirs
to the red tops and people in glass houses
throwing stones at modern buildings.
Lizzie looks determined to hang on to the ermine
and turn a blind eye to the bevy
of bookmakers at the portcullis.

The lads are worried. The stag night capers
have been captured and the video's gone viral,
starring Bosnians, Bulgarians, champers
and black stockings. The Civil List arouses
both nausea and nostalgia. But never
in equal measure: we are not in this together.

Hands Down
Wednesday, 03 July 2019 15:24

Hands Down

Published in Poetry

Hands Down

by Raymond Miller

Once the sniffles had begun
my wife joined in accord.
I could see the ending come
and still rose to applaud

just like all those years before
and Fahrenheit 9/11,
I stood up for Michael Moore
and haven't learnt my lesson.

It makes me want to swing a left
at our tight-fisted state
after witnessing the death
of I, Daniel Blake

and this audience that's beaming
approval all around,
when the other side are winning
hands down.