Spanish Lesson

Guardia Civil
know the drill
Drafted in from other places 
beating unfamiliar faces

Keepers of the peace

That’s the theory:
There and here, we
expect protection 
get subjection

Saw that theory
cracked in practice
Dragged and kicked
grabbed and nicked

Keepers of the peace

That facade’s 
been shattered
Charged and battered 
punched and batoned

Washed away in voters’ blood
Nipped in Catalunya’s bud
Hammered homeward in detention
Spread the word, pay attention

Homework session
Spanish lesson


This poem was published by Poetry24 on 3 October 2017.

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