Outside it looks decorously enough run . . .

Inside, though, is another matter. Would this be a running battle?

The government of nitwits
Are just one great mishap,
Possessing such unfit wits
Can’t even run a tap!

Perhaps to get them ready
For running such a path
Their flow might be more steady
With practice on a bath.

Clean government might then ensue!
But if it runs a race
Results it will attempt to skew
On colour of your face.

And running that creates a frown;
At what they all excel
Is running other parties down:
They do that rather well.

They could learn from a canine —
On tree will urinate —
That gives a demonstration fine
On how to run things straight.

Though running courses, double,
From them they never learn,
But running into trouble
They do at every turn

And at the end of running term
It will no doubt be found
That, thanks to this misguided firm,
It’s run into the ground.

© December 2019 Colonialist

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. Debra says:

    Fabulous! Your facility with words and rhyme always delights me! I don’t possess your skill, but if I did, I’d be trying to write about our own American “government of nitwits.” Instead, I just shake my head and roll my eyes a lot!

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  2. Widdershins says:

    As a species we’re not intellectually, morally, or even physically capable of forming a workable system of governance on any group of people larger than a village … and yet we expect, foolishly, to be able to scale that up to a planetary level.

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  3. Why flatter them by saying they have any wits at all?
    Witnessing there rampant rude witlessness, the situation seems to be a world wide epidemic.

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  4. Sue W says:

    Our politicians have shown an inability to govern, but at the same time have shown an ability to breed division, hatred and incitement to riots.

    I remember a time, not long ago, when even if I disagreed with the government I had respect for its members. Who amongst us can say that today?

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  5. Have you been following the events in Canberra at all?
    We have well educated, wealthy, educated nitwits!

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    • colonialist says:

      Perhaps that is a step better than uneducated nitwits determined to become wealthy at all costs. What they lack in education they make up for with low and unscrupulous cunning.


      • I think we should expect more from educated nitwits; not a better class of ‘unscrupulous cunning’.

        But I’m not using that as an excuse for those nitwits that you have to put up with, my views fail the PC criteria. I’m attempting to keep my language civil

        I admit to being a racist


  6. disperser says:

    I read a lot of philosophy and there’s much discussion by many as to a “proper” form of government while at the same time admitting humans are flawed and no form of government stands a chance because no matter what, humans will find a way to screw it up.

    The emphasis here is that even when it appears to be running well, someone is (legitimately) unhappy; the seeds for discord and strife are never buried so deep that they won’t germinate.

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  7. Colline says:

    It makes a person wonder why we put trust in governments to run a country.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. elspethc says:

    Obviously you are talking about your own country of residence, but given the recent behaviour of the two in which I reside, USA and UK, it is hard not to despair. Thanks for making me laugh, at least a bit.

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