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Miscarriage of Justice

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Another awards ceremony,
Tuxedos and trite laughter.
The compere told us that the News
Would follow shortly after.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 “Personality of the Year.”
[I think that was the title]
“And here to read the nominees…”
My God! It’s Harvey Keitel!

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Harvey strolled up to the mike
And told a funny story.
The camera panned in on the smiles
Of Fat Spice and Hugh Laurie.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 “The nominees,” said Harvey, as
The laughter faded slowly,
“Are an actress from Eastenders and
A brilliant Irish goalie.”

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Cue a little bit of film,
The music from Eastenders,
Dot Cotton in her headscarf
Fighting off some moneylenders.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Cue a bit of football film,
The Irish national anthem,
Chris Eubank saying Shay Given is
“Formidable and handthome.”

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Harvey tore the envelope and
Pulled the card out quickly,
But suddenly his pallor went
All vomit-green and sickly.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 “Dot Cotton,” he announced at last,
And everyone grew restless,
Except for Dot who blithely bounced
Around, so lithe and chestless.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 The audience smiled nervously,
Assuming he was jesting,
But very quickly it became
More serious protesting.

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Andrea Corr began the chant
[She thought the judging rotten.]
She jumped upon a table, crying
“For Given, not for Cotton!”

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Notes

Contrived? Never!

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/miscarriage-of-justice/