On the brink with narrow men.

the Cold War overshadowed much of my childhood

fear was latched and hooked onto everyday things

it was the Reds they said would do us harm

it went on through my teenage years too

that continuous threat the nuclear arsenals posed

the bombers of all sides armed, ready to go

submarines lurked in the oceans depths

then Cruise missiles came a late addition.

something changed something called détente

but the wars continued they just found a way

around that inconvenience it was simple

they stopped calling them wars

but now they’ve all caught amnesia

and fear is spreading everywhere

politicians can’t seem to help themselve

ladling fear whenever they can

it’s an all too obvious strategy

while the dismantling goes on

of Education, the National Health Service,

Social Care and so much more

it’s easy to spot the distraction of fear

while the narrow men shout watch for the reds

but meanwhile get into the Chinese bed

there is a collective amnesia at large

and we have real reason to be afraid of that

soon we’ll hear the justification for war

soon we’ll hear the need for boots on the ground

in whatever land is decided by the narrow men

and the ramping up of the war of words

to justify, bamboozle and hoodwink

that the actual threat is their stupidity

and we’ll be living in that fear time again.

meanwhile the rich get richer

and nothing has been learned

nothing has changed the narrow men

not even their history degrees.