Des Pensable copyright 2016
I’ve had a sad and unhappy time this year
When I should have been all gruntled with cheer
You see it all started quite well
Our politicians had decided to gruntle us, that’s fine
They had signed the climate agreement in Paris
Then returned and approved the Adani coal mine.
I wasn’t gruntled at all, in fact I was angry
Disappointed, annoyed, cross and irate.
Next the government kicked out their leader
As his approval polls had dropped too low
Abbot wasn’t gruntling many people so
They chose another idiot, a banker to the core
The one that ruined our Internet who
wants to tax the pensioners and the poor.
I wasn’t gruntled at all, in fact I was displeased
Exasperated, Irked, piqued and dissatisfied
Then we had new elections and promises galore
They promised jobs to gruntle the unemployed
and gruntle the corporations that paid no tax at all
They promised a gruntling budget and warned us
Not to vote for Independents, Labor or the Greens
I tried to vote them out but failed.
I wasn’t gruntled at all, In fact I was displeased
Fed up, vexed, miffed, riled and pissed off.
Finally we had the gruntling spectacle
of the US empire elections in all their glory
We were not gruntled when misinformation,
Media lies and election fraud was the main story
A pathetic choice between Clinton the war hawk
Or Trump the heroic climate change denier.
I wasn’t gruntled at all when Trump won, in fact
I was thoroughly disgruntled with all politics this year.
The verb disgruntle, which has been around since 1682, means “to make ill-humored or discontented.” .” In the 1920s, a writer humorously used gruntle to mean “to make happy”—in other words, as an antonym of disgruntle. The use caught on although it isn’t used very often.
This poem refers to the elections in the year 2016. Australia’s most unpopular prime minister Abbot was kicked out and replaced by Turnbull who was marginally more popular. The US elections were a dark carnival of farce where the choice was between two psychopaths both intent on world destruction.
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