CarWithSmoke_shutterstock_122937961AN ODE TO THE MOTORCAR by Kemi Ilori

In vain they tried to tire you with tax

Your tyre rolled over their wits

You made a kill of their Achille’s heel

They need taxes for public services!

In vain they raised the smoke

Screen of pollution, their hole in the skies

Their artic iceponds shrivelling into watery wastes;

They need jobs for their mortgage payments!


In vain they cleaned you out

Of their party agenda; their anger boils

Down to a war of words – whose petty policy

Is green when you need the polls that count?


In vain they envied you, your sleek

Curves, your sexy stats

Your nuptial dance in dazzling forecourts

You are the icon to own to prove their sizzle!


In vain they tried to cut the tar

Black macadam will run anywhere

In vain they clamped, in vain they crushed

The impounded jalopy, the old juggernaut


Long live the motorcar, king of the roads!