Jonathan Taylor – Election Night 2015

Election Night 2015

A pink-spotted giraffe is breaking the News
to mumbled gasps from stuffed voters
that the Crocodile Party has been swept from power
in favour of a new coalition government
of the Cat and Middle-Sized Bear Parties.

There’ll be a lot of political manoeuvring
in the coming minutes, maybe even tickling,
but the two parties at least share a policy platform
of: 1. making everyone’s dreams come true
and 2. compulsory bed-bouncing.

The crocodiles have declined to comment
but rumour has it they may be contemplating
a last-ditch coup d’état
by gobbling up all their enemies.



Jonathan Taylor’s books include the novels Melissa (forthcoming from Salt, late 2015) and Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the poetry collection Musicolepsy (Shoestring, 2013). He is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester, and co-director of arts organisation and small publisher Crystal Clear Creators. His website is”