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Poetry on the Picketline DUPed: A Tin of Chicken Soup by Kate Ennals

Condensed, like Warhol’s can of Campbells (chicken)
composed of grease, filtered gluten, fleshy bits,
thick and gummy until diluted but when warmed
On gas mark ten, it over boils in indignation
Swirls its bubbles, confident in its own nutrition.
Its gelatinous swagger hits the cameras
sprays the poor watcher with saliva and fist
The self-serving Tory finds it distasteful, difficult to
Digest, so lifts his cheek in ‘that place’
to expel the fruit of his conjoined labours;
it vaporises in an odorous plume and he
fans its unpleasant fumes back home across the border
Such hot air is barely worth a comment
let alone this semblance of a sonnet.
Kate Ennals is a prize-winning poet and writer and has published poems and short stories in a range of literary and online journals. She has published two collections of poetry, At The Edge and Threads and currently runs poetry and writing workshops in County Cavan in Ireland. Her blog can be found at
Poetry on the Picket Line is a squad of like-minded poets putting themselves about to read their work on picket lines, in the spirit of solidarity. Invitations to rallies etc. welcome, contact The new Poetry on the Picketline anthology is available at


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