The Carol Ann Duffy-led project 'Sixty Years in Poems' in which poets recall a year in verse, published in yesterday's online Guardian (always with 'the leading poets'), reminded me of this piece of juvenilia written years ago obviously with the help of a history book to commemorate my birth-year.


Vietnam; Cambodia;
Paris Peace – premature;
Picasso dies; Auden after;
Greek Coup; Yom Kippur.

Oil Crisis; Cod War;
Gary Glitter; The Exorcist;
Jimmy Osmond; Roger Moore;
Princess Anne weds Cpt. Phillips.

Joe Bugner; Watergate;
Gulag Archipelago; I.R.A.;
Edward Heath; V.A.T.;
Allende shot by Pinochet.

Ulster Strike; Mainland Bomb;
Internment; Dad’s sperm;
Daniel – Elton John;
Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

©2012 Dan Wyke


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