Yeah, well, it was 1984 wasn’t it… almost exactly 30 years ago.
With just days to go before the Bablake school magazine (entitled “Copyright” for some reason) closed for submissions, I asked the English teachers (specifically Mr Dave Prescott) whether anyone had done anything on the subject of Orwell’s classic. Apparently, they hadn’t. I therefore threw this together (plus a hastily scribbled picture which I wasn’t at all happy with, even back then, but they needed content).
I was informed that there had been some editorial debate on whether they ought to accept the poem due to the slightly racy nature of line 2. I bet that there haven’t been many other appearances of the word “orgasm” in a school publication.
Looking back on it now there are awful, cringing cliches that need removing and a general teenage brash awkwardness that makes me shudder. And the best line was stolen from an Alan (Watchmen, V for Vendetta et al) Moore comic. But hey, I was 16 and turned it around in a couple of hours (at most) and it’s not totally awful. And it’s got “orgasm” in it.