Presidential campaign: tragedy

Birds suspend campaigning in reaction to Toulouse deaths
Credit: Tony Wood

By Annie Shepherd for The Parisian Post.

Week ending 25 March 2012. The campaign is halted while France mourns the brutal killings of schoolchildren, paratroopers and adults. The young disaffected youth holed up with his arsenal is finally overcome by the elite forces. Madame Chirac criticises Hollande’s lack of political acumen and left-wing Mélenchon rises steadily in the poles, overtaking Le Pen.
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Stop the show, let the curtain drop

no place for banter, this is real

tragedy in the streets of Toulouse

planned revenge or random slaughter

children, paratroopers and a headmaster

felled by a mere boy gone beserk

mind in his bullets, time-bomb his heart

holed up in a house with his hatred and guns

Afghanistan, Pakistan, bang bang bang

back now to kill and now it’s done.

Yet the show must go on, the blame and the jockeying

the presidential run is now ripe for mocking

‘Crow should have known’, someone cries

while blackbird tries to keep his beak closed.

The ranks are closing and springtime is here

the clocks have changed and the flocks fly in

Borloo building his nest with the crow

while Mélenchon magpie steals more from his foe

a blackbird bewildered on a slippery slope

as Madame Chirac chirps ‘crow has my vote!’

Sober, sober, the show goes on

while France mourns, trying to understand and mend.

copyright © 2012 Annie Shepherd all rights reserved

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>> Read Presidential campaign part 1 « Pecking Order »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 2 « On The Farm »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 3 « Run to Save your Bacon »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 4 « Stage Set »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 5 « Squabble »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 6 « tragedy »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 7 « slanging match »
>> Read Presidential campaign part 8 « Easter »
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