The public stocks have not
gone away, not at all, no way!
They are not the wooden ones of
yesteryear in town centres for
all the passer-byes to come and
see the criminals on display.
Now they are of the digital kind,
splashed across screens to show
and shame the guilty ones and serve,
like before, as moral lesson for
all the citizens who might, who
would, consider entering this
path to darkness against the public
good that all those with the power
decide is what we must do and say.
Don’t be fooled’
The stocks are still open and on
display and we will know who among
us should be locked into their shame,
and castigated, humiliated, ready for
some pain to distract the naive ones
from the foolishness that’s really going on.
So bring your tomatoes and your eggs, and
ready your arm for the throw, and create
some curses suitable for those hapless souls
in the stocks the really deserve our scorn.