Thursday, 30 January 2014

Selfie

There can be no poems on mornings like this
neither before nor after breakfast;
they’ve build a fake refugee camp at Davos
complete with soldiers and mock corpses
so the rich can dirty their shoe soles
so they can rough up their retinas
and call it experience,
they'll call it learning and worthiness
our world leaders can lean-in
to conflict zone chic
and they can learn something
they’ll tell us that people can flourish in adversity
sure, didn’t they visit
a very close simulation of it?
And didn't they cry about it?
Oh yes they did.

My radio is spewing indistinguishable headlines
about how everything everywhere is better now
and the rain is relentless
the streets here are sleazy from it
parents are driving their steam-filled cars full of children,
they're sending them out to learn how to be obedient citizens
in this country where people of conscience are jailed
and my bed is a pit of insomnia
where the self won’t stand up to questioning
it can’t bear interrogations like this
the self won’t get up out of bed today
and I don’t blame it,
I'll have to leave without it.


Link to an article about Margaretta D'Arcy who is in jail


©Sarah Clancy

5 comments:

  1. Sarah, well, well said. A crisp, focused write that doesn't soften the blow. Nor should it. Ireland is a mess, and Irish justice just doesn't exist. I especially loved these lines. It's what we see daily here in Ireland -
    they're sending them out to learn how to be obedient citizens
    in this country where people of conscience are jailed
    We need more to speak and shout out.

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  2. What a great poem. Not soppy, sappy, whiny, bitchy - it takes a lyrical ride to your visions and ideas, tying individual moments and experiences to that Universal Thing.

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  3. I haven't been here for a while, but what a poem to find when I return. Superb. Fierce. Brilliant.

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  4. Thanks everyone, I notice a few typos in it though, I must take more care

    correct version as follows

    There can be no poems on mornings like this
    neither before nor after breakfast;
    they’ve build a fake refugee camp at Davos
    complete with soldiers and mock corpses
    so the rich can dirty their shoe soles
    so they can rough up their retinas
    and call it experience,
    they'll call it learning and worthiness
    our world leaders can lean-in
    to conflict zone chic
    and they can learn something
    they’ll tell us that people can flourish in adversity
    sure, didn’t they visit
    a very close simulation of it?
    And didn't they cry about it?
    Oh yes they did.

    My radio is spewing indistinguishable headlines
    about how everything everywhere is better now
    and the rain is relentless
    the streets here are sleazy from it
    parents are driving their steam-filled cars full of children,
    they're sending them out to learn how to be obedient citizens
    in this country where people of conscience are jailed
    and my bed is a pit of insomnia
    where the self won’t stand up to questioning
    it can’t bear interrogations like this
    the self won’t get up out of bed today
    and I don’t blame it,
    I'll have to leave without it.

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