A Visit from Nemesis

or is it Hubris?

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the world
Science warned of the perils which soon would unfurl
Like a veil across nations, some variant virus
Respecting no frontiers, a fate undesirous.

But bad politicians (who cared not one jot
For the weak, old or ignorant) hastened their plot
To party all night while denying the fact;
Just flaunting their privilege, which others lacked.

But turkeys will finally come home to their roost,
With leaks to the press and the media now loosed.
It all adds to the sins seeking bottoms to bite:
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

A reflection on contemporary politics, after a Conservative PM, his Cabinet and his coterie were revealed in December 2021 to have partied through 2020 while the country went through various lockdowns and periods of self-isolation.

With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore and his poem ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ (1822)


6 thoughts on “A Visit from Nemesis

    1. Calmgrove Post author

      Yes, I had that image playing at the back of my mind, but at least in that Poe’s Duke Prospero and his court were struck down as they partied; Johnson and his mates so far have escaped Nemesis by being Teflon-coated, but not for much longer one hopes.

      I wrote about other literary plagues here, if you missed it: https://wp.me/p2oNj1-4rY

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      1. ThemisAthena

        What a fearsome collection … in every sense! Let‘s hope the modern-day equivalent of retribution catches up with this sort of rulers eventually … (by which I don‘t mean the virus but public opinion and election results).

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