Today’s Climate Forecast

And onto today’s climate forecast,
where we can expect to see a prolonged spell of inaction,
interspersed with patches of hazy promises
across many areas. 

Over Westminster and other centres of government,
a build-up of hot air will cause inactivity
to soar to record levels over the coming days,
in spite of the high pressure.

Elsewhere, a front of chronic misinformation
will sweep in from the east,
bringing with it a band of climate change deniers
and the chance of scattered falsehoods,

while powerful gusts of idiocy and ignorance
look set to blow across social media.
Outbreaks of ‘We just got on with it in 1976’
and ‘It’s called the British summer, mate’ are likely.

In summary: unsettling.


  1. Dear Brian,
    I’d like to seek permission to use Today’s Climate Forecast in a textbook to be published later this year for 14-15 year old learners of English. I’m more than happy to approach your publisher to do this but I’m not sure if this poem comes form a particular collection. Please could you advise if it does and which publisher I should contact? Thank you!

    1. Thanks for getting in touch, Joanne. It’s probably best for you to get in touch with my agent, as that poem isn’t in any of my collections. Please can you send your request through to and someone there will take a look at it. Thanks so much, Brian

      1. Thanks so much for the quick reply, Brian.
        Feel like I have to also tell you I recently discovered your poem Duvet and it really resonated with me, haha!
        Best wishes – Joanne

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