Une Saison dans un Enfer de Le Pen

by Aidan Chivers

(With my apologies to A.R.)

France, in desperation, feels the angry hands

Of left and right: Nice and Hebdo stoke the flames

But Nature hates a vacuum. The baby Macron stands

And joins the fray, refreshing politics’ worn-out games.


A country in sleepless tumult continues to toss and turn

As Europe, fearful, looks on with helpless frown

Whilst Mélanchon’s fanatics choose politics to spurn

And Hamon, Fillon totter: the old France tumbles down.


He stands! And walks! And rises, on the move:

Macron, fresh-faced, god-like, takes his throne.

He speaks, triumphant, proud before the Louvre,

Whilst Le Pen’s supporters, dejected, quietly moan..


In an uncertain Europe, fractured, rough and harsh,

They echo Rimbaud: Assez ! voici la punition. – En marche !

The Poor Print

The Oriel College Student Newspaper. Run by students, with contributions from the JCR, MCR, SCR, Staff. Current Executive Editors: Chloe Whitehead, Fanxi Liu, Michael Angerer

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