Poetry Politics: No you (Theresa) May not be Cuddled

Poetry Politics: No you (Theresa) May not be Cuddled

'No you (Theresa) May not be Cuddled'
Words by Riz Moritz

sticky and humid northbound carriages
air breathes a clammy, heavy thickness
sweaty cramped carriage

beads drip down banker's face
he regrets buying a hot starbucks
damp patches grow on his cotton shirt
white face reddening, eyes dehydrating

jubilee line pulls in, squeals to a halt
warm breath of relief fills the train
doors open
gust of virgin, cooler, thinner air
unbreathed air

theresa may steps off for #‎PMQs
(first stand-up comedy must be nerve-wracking)
announcement: station is closed
until storm cloud is cleared

platform begins to evaporate, metal melting
she links arms with new cabinet
they pounce up westminster station escalators
classily, mind you

walls closing in, heat rising
women of colour offer a hand
witch rejects
falls into
blinding whiteness
no you (theresa) may not be cuddled.


EDITOR'S NOTE

Riz's poem was written in London, on 20th July 2016. On this date, Theresa May - the newly appointed British Prime Minister - had her first Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Commons, after meeting with the German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin to discuss Brexit. 

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