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'Wild Goose Chase - an acrostic sonnet by Mike Mesterton-Gibbons

With too few drivers for an HGV

In England, after Brexit curbed supply,

Lines stretching farther than the eye could see

Developed near where petrol pumps ran dry ...

Great Britain's fuel crisis spurred an act

Of desperation: twenty drivers tailed

One tanker, though they hadn't checked a fact

So pertinent to what they later faced...

Excited not at forecourts to have queued,

Convinced they'd fill their tanks, instead they got

Humiliated: they had all pursued

A mortar tanker till their tanks were not

So very far from empty on the road—

Expletives, though, by contrast overflowed!

Copyright. Mike Mesterton-Gibbons.

Mike Mesterton-Gibbons is a Professor Emeritus at Florida State University. His acrostic sonnets have appeared in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Better Than Starbucks, the Creativity Webzine, Current Conservation, the Daily Mail, the Ekphrastic Review, Grand Little Things, Light, Lighten Up Online, New Verse News, Oddball Magazine, Rat’s Ass Review, the Satirist, the Washington Post and WestWard Quarterly.

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