Militant Thistles

polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"

atos Poor Doors Sheriff Stars spikes

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle bedroom tax Disrupt and Upset

Robert Ilson

Time Capsule



“What have we here ?”  “It’s called a ‘ Freedom Pass ’.”

“A What pass ?”  “Freedom.”  “What was that ‘Freedom’, then?”

“It got you there and back – and maybe further.”

“A Vagabond’s Licence !”  “You could call it that.”

“Anything else ?” “Well, there’s a plastic card.”

“A credit card, of course !”  “No, not exactly.

It is – let’s see – it is a Library Card.”

“Did bookstores really issue cards in those days?”

“No, Captain : ‘Libraries’ were places where

You borrowed books, read them, and then returned them

For other folk to borrow.” “Ah : one of those crazy

Recycling schemes fanatics used to like!

So that’s that.”  “Not quite, Sir : there’s something more.”

“Go on.”  “It seems to be an NHS Card.”

“NHS.  NHS.  Hang on ; I’ve got it!

That stands for ‘National Homeland Security’:

The guy who buried this stuff was a spy!

You got books out of what was called a ‘Library’

To suss the suspect out you were surveilling,

Then used your ‘ Freedom Pass ’ to hunt him down!

That explains everything !  Elementary!”

“Except …”  “Except ?”  “Except the strangest part :

This Time Capsule’s shaped like a human heart.”

Robert Ilson is a writer, editor, language teacher, and lexicographer doomed at last to wake a poet (as Samuel Johnson was “a poet doomed at last to wake a lexicographer”).