Martin West: Lemmings

By habit the lemming
abjures 'us and them'-ing
in favour of common accord.
Whoever may lead it,
the column will heed it
undaunted by cliff edge or fjord.

In vast banking houses
each trader espouses
the plan of the head nincompoop
and though they reap losses,
none queries the bosses
but bows to the will of the group.

Let's keep running faster
and laugh at disaster –
no matter its grim likelihood –
until we're all tumbling,
insistently mumbling
in chorus ‘So far’ and ‘So good'.