The Candidate

Jonathan Percival

Pritchard-Smythe – aka

Percy – the Liberal

candidate for a

Home Counties marginal,

Hovers behind his

Yellowing party rosette.

 

Bellowing, bluster-filled

Public address shouts

Percy’s fame at the crowd.

In a rictus of hope

Percy’s blonde, smiling face

Poses identically

beneath a poster of Perse.

 

Percy’s father rejected him

At age ten. Now

He strives neurotically for

Evidence of popularity,

Speaking too quickly

Like a man on the edge

Of a nervous breakdown.

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