Ranters ball

there was some confusion

there at the Ranters ball

we were guys hanging a line

see whether it would

could stack up

on a Saturday night with other poets

giving it everything

or just flutter out free fall

some were there for love

wanting the pretty young things

take their thin paper number

drag it out make nervous calls

others had the speech

make it about truth to power

but I was looking around

our grubby community hall

could hardly keep the lights on

to wonder if what we had

was more about the numbers

whose ears we could numb

who’d come for the party the booze

but otherwise

did not care much

we had anything to say at all

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