I don’t do Twitter

14 01 2021

I once went to a marketing presentation in Vancouver where Biz Stone spoke, and frankly, I never felt the need for Twitter less. David Usher was a much better speaker and didn’t sound half as baked.

I did however recently discover someone made famous on that platform. He’s even been referred to as the Poet Laureate of Twitter – a UK poet in the vein of Spike Milligan (who wasn’t Poet Laureate of anywhere, but did write “Rain“), going by the name of Brian Bilston – which may or may not be his real moniker, just for good measure.

Here’s one of his more serious works:


They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)
― Brian Bilston

Which I feel I should balance with the more typical light-hearted example below:


you took
the last bus home

i still don’t know
how you got it through the door

but you’re always doing amazing stuff

like the time
when you caught that train

― Brian Bilston

Many more gems to be had on his site.



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