If voters never change their minds,
Remaining in the dark,
It is because, one often finds,
Those minds are stuck in ‘park’. 

But those that can, I greatly fear,
Attempt to change at all,
Will switch them straight into top gear …
And then, of course, they stall. 

The politicians they will choose
Small change do not like much,
But when you have a lot to lose
They’re experts with a clutch! 

With grating gear big tenders steer?
Let fluid change what’s static;
By greasing palms will then appear
Transmission automatic! 

They’re very good at change to ‘low’,
And on a downhill course,
Their gearboxes get stripped and so
Go cart before the horse! 

The change we fear that next we’ll earn –
And nothing could be worse –
Is that the old guard will return
With gears jammed in reverse.

Please don’t forget to join in the fun with the Caption Competition, here.

© February 2013 Colonialist (WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. The Asian says:

    Bravo! So brilliantly put!


  2. Missus Tribble says:

    *waves* I’m the blogger who doesn’t know who Mike is (well, I know a few, including my Dad…) and I love Top Gear.

    You seem like a complete and utter lunatic – my favourite kind of person – so I thought I’d thumb a lift 🙂


  3. Love the automatic transmission regarding the greasing of palms.


  4. South Africa or the United States… I think this sums it up nicely. Well done!
    –right now we’re desperate for a skilled driver, a better car and roads that are free of pot holes!


    • colonialist says:

      Thanks! I think the potholes are being put in at night by employees of the shock absorber companies. And driving properly requires a certain minimum level of cerebral activity, which now seems lacking.


  5. optie says:

    And here I thought you were going to share some witty rhyme about the current and most annoying Top Gear promo ever “Top Gear is back, top gear is back, is back, is back, is back ….
    When I hear it I want to slap Jeremy Clarkson upside the head!


  6. melouisef says:

    Ja the greasing palms bit…
    this Is Africa and nobody greases my palm


  7. flimflamflik says:

    Very good 🙂 – you know the saying “your vote is irrelevant”.


  8. adeeyoyo says:

    Excellent, Col. Those who need to won’t read this. And those who do, won’t understand it!


  9. 68ghia says:

    I was thinking last night Col.
    This is my country. And I really don’t like living here.
    It’s beautiful and magnificent and it contains probably the worst of humanity the world has to offer.
    And I don’t know how long I can still live here, share my space with them before I become a homicidal maniac.


  10. nrhatch says:

    What about putting the brakes on the whole political process? Then overhaul the engine! 😉


  11. adinparadise says:

    You’ve got it all worked out, and in verse too. 😀


  12. Arkenaten says:

    I am so battling with this login business. I hope I have it right this time..I have no eyed deer what I am doing wrong.


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