the hosepipe gestapo


the hosepipe gestapo ( opatseg epipesoh eht )

ten fucking years here
in this prison /

re-eductation camp
for watering geraniums

in the death of day
with a stocking on me noggin

as the black bats flapped
& the full moon waned

curtain twitchers stirred
aroused by sprinkled sounds

probably retired
bloody covid wardens

them with nought within
& decking on their back lawn

where grass gleamed
faded since like england’s

coddled hills & farmland
so come dawn

a banged down door
& the hosepipe gestapo

whacked us in the van
sentenced without trial

silly bollocks really
so we have to smile

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