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by Paul Williams
Thursday, March 16, 2006
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Cynical rant...why not?

In a shattered bus shelter the vandalised

victim of a pointless ‘chav’* assault.

I stood and watched as life fell, belched

from a sullen sky, observing its unabated

impact amid the crystal mountains around my feet

failing miserably to cleanse the detritus on a lifeless street.



for an ‘X78’ that’s overdue, late, wondering

if it’ll ever come, like the childhood dreams,

forty-odd-years past, and still out of reach.

There’s a hose-pipe ban in the South-East,

and snow tomorrow, ha!

Pathos flew on the wings of a Magpie

scolding the sky with it’s searing rhetoric,

unimpressed with its sodden gown, Nature’s irony, our folly.


‘Watch you don’t get that flu,

maybe that’s what killed Milosovic?

May as well have...where’s the justice?

Wayne Rooney! Five million

for his biography, a twenty-year-old,

insidious, illiterate, football playing ‘chav’.

The truly creative overlooked in favour

of the cult of celebrity, we’ve been bloody had!

where’s the justice?’


Then pathos flew away as

the rain relaxed its relentless assault

turning to a fine drizzle, ‘the kind

that makes you wet,’ or so they say,

already soaked to the bone

the wisdom of fishwives has little credence.


‘Where’s that bloody bus’?






*Chav; (sl) noun, 1. Complete and utter twat.

2. Often seen hanging around off-licences in packs of at least 10 like minded spotty hooded-Herbert’s. 3. Wears lots of cheap and nasty ‘ bling’, usually sovereign rings and gold bog chains, also Burberry caps and nylon sports clothes.

4. Wanker.

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Reviewed by Approximately Naive
Glad I stumbled upon this delightful piece of dry cynicism - my language; my frame of mind. Apt definition of a 'Chav' with Wayne Rooney as its celebrity patron - bloody pays to be though doesn't it? Kick a ball about a park and you qualify for an absurd book deal - ghost written of course, can't imagine it being written in 'chav', or maye there is a special 'chav' edition. Sally Gunnel, runner and author, Gary Liniker, footballer and author, Ally McCoist, footballer, quiz contestant and of course author - the list goes on. Wish I'd kept my World Cup Wullie ball after all.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

A thought's stimulating in poetic grand... "Waiting" flows on the mysterious ontologic river to the lake of social unfairness.

Keep posting, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
... strangely absent until three turn up at once, as usual... And "on-me-ead, on-me-ead"... A great rant, Paul, but don't you just LOVE the Sam Smiths' beer adverts?? Top bombin and nice one, Squirrel. xx

PS. When me nephew-in-law has finally brokered a deal with a rather famous footballer and a new phone company, I will give you the inside info first, before the book comes out... :))
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore
wow. what a command of language. and you incorporate so much of popular and political culture. amazing indeed.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams
Excellent, Paul. You've captured some of my feelings here, and it's written so well as usual. BTW, thank you for your support. I hope you'll find time to check out The Tablets of Oshunari. Your link will be in next week.
Reviewed by jude forese
this is simply fantastic ... an impulsive existential sojourn through collective psychosis, evoking the pity of human tragedy with a nice twist of compassionate black humor ...
Reviewed by Candy T (Reader)
admittedly, i got stuck on 'chav' - fab expression. cynicism as only the Brits can do :) (and naturally the colonists too)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Oh don't you was blown away....and on it's way to fetch me to take me to Scottland....hehehehe!!

You look good when you rant...but much better when you blush and smile my mate!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
You've really captured the mood herein, Paul.
Let pathos be your guide...
Reviewed by Aberjhani
A bit of a "rant" maybe and yet so much down to earth truth and honesty in WAITING. You weave a mean tapestry of the fantastic, the mundane, and the cruelly unjust. Fortunately, there in the midst of it all is your pen providing this poem. Thank you.
Reviewed by Regina Pounds
Why not, indeed.

While I didn't recognize the names, I did recognize the lack of fairness in the business world, especially the publishing's universal, is it?
Then again, fairness is an English sports just doesn't apply to all else.

Cool bus stop experience.

Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater
*Chav; (sl) noun, 1. Complete and utter twat. Please do submit this term to the Devil's Dictionary I have posted in my den, Paul! It deserves an entry! As for Wayne Rooney, well it makes no sense at all, a young man of about 20 who has no experience of life's equities or inequities to publish a whopping $$$$$ advance biby, it'll be a flash in the pan limited shelf life flop, but the village missing its idiot will be back when he returns from the bookstore from purchasing the flop! Good damn expressions, Paul!

Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher
Indee cynical and extremly good!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by L. Figgins
Laughing, but this is due to the discomfort of familiar mind-speak
I've had on a bad day. Brilliant. Wow, you do write internal conversation very well! Thanks for the translation-we have our share of "hooded-Herberts" as you call them. As for Wayne Rooney, just goes to show what a well-paid publicist can do. Fantastic rant and well-written Paul. Enjoyed :)...Lin
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
You have created the ambiance most effectively, Paul. Thank you for sharing your creative gift. Love and peace,

Reviewed by E T Waldron
Great rant!YOu captured the mind meanderings well! Like Ed thanks for the def. I told my boys anything with a ball and you'll make money.;-) Always thought it ridiculous, but guess the gazillions of watchers make the obscene salaries happen. Thanks Paul!


Reviewed by George Carroll
Well done Paul, I've been in England, Weston Super Mare and Exeter and found it most delightful but damp. LOL
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero
For years, I rode the bus in Los Angeles. Your poem took me there and to the "thoughts" that cluttered my mind while waiting. Life isn't fair, not by any stretch of the imaginagion. Some will work and study and apply themselves and get nowhere, and them some, I think just get lucky. Good rant!

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
Well, all I can say to this is you have enlightened us about what goes on in our thoughts as we wait idily by for whatever we are waiting for. And, yes, everything you said makes sense to one who also has "thoughts" as I wait (and I HATE to wait) for anything. Enjoyed.
Reviewed by Peter Paton
You paint a dismal and dreary winter scene in England, which is all too common these days, just like the ubiquitous " chavs "...:)
Lols...I never get the bus, I just walk , Paul !
Thanks for saying it as it is !
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Chav - Complete and utter twat!

Thanks for that definition, Paul; I was at a loss, but now I've learned something new - which is always a good thing for me. And I read your Blog - Bloody Wankers (I knew that one!!)
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