Tony Blair Mourns the Death of Martin McGuinness

Later, he will blame it on a technical fault
but right now the swoosh of noise
battering his words away from the microphone
is less the crackly static of a feedback loop
than the sound of one hand clapping
magnified a million times – a vast protest
of single hands clapping at the unapplaudable.
It’s the sound of pebbles raining onto other pebbles
or a light shower of debris scattering over tarmac.

Neil Fulwood has published three collections with Shoestring Press, ‘No Avoiding It’, ‘Can’t Take Me Anywhere’ and ‘Service Cancelled’. A collection of political satires, ‘Mad Parade’ has just been published by Smokestack Books. Neil lives and works in Nottingham. Read other articles by Neil.