The Portuguese House of Democracy

In the Portuguese House of Democracy

There are several housemates

Who keep coming and going

Welcomed and kicked out

By the same old grumpy landlord

Who takes a bit of his precious time

To tick a box in the paperwork.

In the Portuguese House of Democracy

There is plenty of room for everyone

With rooms on both the left and right

Sides of the corridor

Each occupied by opinionated mates

That don’t always agree with each other.

In the Portuguese House of Democracy

There was recently a fight

Between roommates on the left

Close friends that used to manage the house

By their own shared rules.

In the Portuguese House of Democracy

The last few days were almost unbearable

With passive-aggressive minimum word exchanges

Between the sulking friends on the left.

The Portuguese House of Democracy

Saw its entire structure shaking

And it was clear to the old grumpy landlord

That some changes needed to be done.

But the grumpy old landlord,

Who loves to complain

About the things he does not bother trying to understand

While watching the news that night

Saw some graphs and stats

Of self-proclaimed experts

On house renting issues

Pointing to a dangerous decision

He was about to make

If destiny was left unrestrained

To follow its natural course.

And so, the grumpy old landlord

Trying to avoid giving too much power

To the roommates on the right side of the corridor

Afraid they could bring dangerous friends

Who could destroy the priceless furniture

That was in the House

Since its very first housewarming party,

Decided to paint the walls

Of most of the rooms on the left

In the same shade of pink

As the biggest room

On that side of the corridor.

The sulking friends on the left

Who didn’t like pink

Had no other option

But to find some other place to live

While the remaining fellows

On that side of the corridor

Waved goodbye

Not shedding a tear.

But in the Portuguese House of Democracy

Other changes happened

On the other side of the corridor

With dangerous fellows moving in

Hungry for destruction and remodelling

In that old house of democracy.

The Portuguese House of Democracy

Suffered a decrease in female faces

As well as in fellows

Who were determined to protect the environment.

It lost a bunch of human right defenders

And a few black faces.

The Portuguese House of Democracy

Looks now more male, more white

More antique and retrograde

But at least it is not ruled

By the disruptive fellows

On the right side of the corridor.