Rishi Sunak’s not apt to careen

Into U-turns on tramlines between

Streets in Manchester and

Hubs for airplanes to land—

If they opened in Twenty Fourteen!


Mike Mesterton-Gibbons is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Florida State University who has returned to live in his native England. His acrostic sonnets have appeared in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Better Than Starbucks, The Creativity Webzine, Current Conservation, the Ekphrastic Review, Grand Little Things, Light, Lighten Up Online, MONO., the New Verse News, Oddball Magazine, Rat’s Ass Review, the Satirist, the Washington Post and WestWard Quarterly. The poem was prompted by the Manchester Evening News story, “Government pledges to extend Metrolink line to Manchester Airport…where it already exists.”