Photo By Jools Thatcher

Photo By Jools Thatcher

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ Australian Stories “.

Good afternoon Jon and once again greetings from Coventry.

Well, I had today’s offering all sorted and then last night I was having a quick scan of a few news sites on-line and came across a piece on the heavy handed, draconian rubbish being meted out by a council in one of Melbourne’s more affluent wards.

So here, yet to be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, is an Australian story unfolding as we speak.

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A tram crawls east on High Street, and slowly disappears
No more than three kilometres but backwards, fifty years

Outrage brews in Stonnington: it’s centred on a book
Officials, indeed, the mayor himself, have been down for a look

The work of Helmut Newton: as famed as it is rare
A woman on the cover and my God, her breasts are bare

Concern is not the book itself, but where the book’s displayed
Banished from the window, watched to see their ban’s obeyed

Had it been a male, what sort of outrage would it trigger?
No ban on body building mags: their breasts are three times bigger

Hardly hardcore smut, exposed above the waste
What right do councils have to police and dictate taste?

A torrent of complaints forced their officers to act
A torrent – well a trickle, well, only two in fact

To the anonymous complainants, who strive to keep our high streets “clean”
If a naked breast offends you it is you who are obscene

From your twisted, priggish, morals, deviance is born
Young girls taught their bodies are classified as porn

While the hint of flesh will always send some wowser hypertensive
The reaction of the council is what I really find offensive

The mayor was not offended by sight of unclothed breast
But the feelings of constituents had to be addressed

Still, how the views of two achieved such consideration
When hundreds of objections can’t halt a building application

“The best outcome’s been achieved” the mayor adroitly stressed
The best outcome for those who would see freedom suppressed

Stonnington looks foolish with their autocratic blitz
It’s all a storm in a C cup, over an average pair of twits

© Copyright 2013 Ian Bland

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