your dream of Arthur, Merlin and Taliesin
is a fantasy island, Conservatism in fancy dress
more agreeable to the EDL than the lefty bohemian,
Dark Age tabloid propaganda no different from today’s.
Why, one of the poor, revere a family so avaricious
as to own the globe in the name of commonweal
– six billion acres, a sixth of Planet Earth’s surface –
and who’d value a penny coin above humanity?
Why, vegan and pacifist, defend these holocausters
of the natural kingdom and of ‘uncivilised’ peoples?
Why, accomplished artist, fetishize a man who’s world-famous
for being incapable of anything but waving?
He is not regal,
nor is his court.
Wake up and see Arthur, Merlin and Taliesin
come back as Prince Charles, Paul Daniels and Andrew Motion.
Text: Niall McDevitt
Graphic: Mike Lesser