Michael Swan – Two Approaches

Two Approaches

‘He spread slanders
against the State.’
What does he say?’

‘He says
the State locks people up
for telling the truth.’
‘Lock him up.’


Lukas’ fearless castigation
of a foul regime
did not pass unnoticed
by the authorities.
This year
(after renewing the emergency regulations)
they put Lukas on the syllabus
for the school-leaving certificate.


Michael Swan says: ‘The attached poem appeared in the Lancaster Litfest anthology 30 years ago or so, but is maybe still relevant.’  (sadly, yes  – Ed.)