Lydia Towsey – Eton Boys

Eton Boys

Now this is the winter of our discontent
we shall wait with weight upon our heads –
We’ve made a list of calculations,
say Eton-educated men.

The elderly must sell their houses,
women learn to stay at home –
the public sector doesn’t need you,
we only had it on a loan.

Disabled children lose their bedrooms,
immigrants are left to bleed
as nurses learn they’ve no compassion
and teachers’ hands are tied to teach.

Now this is the winter of our discontent
we shall wait with weight upon our heads –
Hurts us just as much as you,
say Eton-educated men.

Hospitals are shaved with scapulas,
students work from age sixteen,
abandon all ye education,
learn to parrot dates and scenes.

Abandon college for a factory,
learn to work and feed machines;
the system has a need of people
to push the train that oils the wheels.

Now this is the winter of our discontent
we shall wait with weight upon our heads –
Yours is not to question why,
say Eton-educated men.

The country has a brand new boys’ club
made for banks and billionaires;
leave your bullion at the cloakroom
to be laundered, stoked and freshly aired.

The sick are signed up to the work force
as idleness should never pay.
If you are rich and very wealthy
we hope that you enjoy your stay.

Now this is the winter of our discontent
we shall wait with weight upon our heads –
The poor are often undeserving,
say Eton-educated men.

Lydia Towsey is a poet and performer with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing (Nottingham Trent University, 2010). Her experiences include: speaking at the House of Lords, performing at London’s 100 Club and presenting at Plymouth University’s Zombie Symposium. Commissions include: Freedom Showcase (Literature Network, 2007); Spoken Word All Stars Tour (Poet in the City, 2011) and Beyond Words — U.K. tour of four South African poets, including Keorapetse Kgositsile, South African Poet Laureate (Apples and Snakes, 2010). In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. She has been published by The London Magazine, Hearing Voices and Magma Poetry, amongst others. Her work recently featured in ‘10 Poems about Knitting’ (Candlestick Press) and is forthcoming in Raving Beauties’ ‘Hallelujah for 50ft Women’ anthology (Bloodaxe Books, April 2015) and Crystal Clear Creators Anthology (2015). In 2014 she UK toured ‘Three the Hard Way’ (www.3thehardwaypoets.wordpress.com) alongside Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and Alison Dunne. Her full length collection, The Venus Papers will be published by Burning Eye Books, this Autumn. For more information see http://www.secretagentartist.wordpress.com