Obesity Britain

(Inspired by an early-morning stroll along Market Hill, in Sudbury, Suffolk).

‘Obesity Britain,’ reads the stand.
Obsequious Brits, sucked in,
changing pennies for
The Daily Mail.
A daily struggle – paper fat with stories.
Obstipated paper, stuffed full with
stories to shame, to stigmatise, to solidify, to pump up, to blow up, to fatten out a

Sanity seats itself on the pavement,
props up the news seller’s stand,
plucks a string and
struggling to find a tune,
to find a melody –
a song to
his skinny form into

Sanity draws up its own headline.

‘Please donate generously!’

Copyright owned by Jay Cool, Weds 12th Sept. 2018

Obesity Epidemic article in Daily Mail


Published by The Silly-Savvy Salopian

Freelance writer and descendant of the cave dweller and outlaw, Humphrey Kynaston. Banished from Shropshire for my eccentricity, I have made my home in Suffolk. I write poetry, short stories, travel journals, comedy gig reviews and non-fiction articles. My wish is to write my way back into the heart of my birth land. All writing commissions (and free holidays in Shropshire!) considered.

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