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

Steve Taylor

Not Mary



My favourite is where

one of my aunts, not Mary

always told the Tories

she was voting for them

but needed a lift

to the polling station

getting herself a Bentley

with cow leather seats

to deliver her

most comfortably

to democracy

then made her mark

                         for Labour


She’ll be for Jeremy

walking if necessary





The Quality of Dope



If you ignore the warnings

and put your head

inside the plastic bag

that’s carried skunk

all the way from Penrith

to Kilburn you end up writing

an endorsement like this. I’m

supporting Jeremy Corbyn

because he wouldn’t

put out the eyes of children

to further his ambition

and the others would

Steven was born and raised in Hyde, near Manchester. He lives in Kilburn, London. He has had over 500 poems published in various magazines and periodicals.

A History of the Labour Party



Prozac first, in ever increasing doses


and then Citalopram

in the same low dose, plus other things

I discovered for myself

                                   by trial and error


I’ve been depressed since

I started taking drugs for depression

It could have been the other way round

It’s so long ago I forget

But it’s about time they

                          sorted themselves out