Shipman Memorial

from by Cathal Coughlan

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Dawn arriving, a blushing bride
the lakeside gleams as we arrive
driven by night,
too sick to fly
shutters rise,
'come inside'.

I'll end in a third country
they speak of nembutal
they're going to spare me
years of disco daycare
and armchair pogo-dancing

you can make like it's 1950
ticker-tape for each prince of thieves
take the bribe, pay the bribe
grey mohicans and lame jihadis
off to Shipman Memorial
intermission lives

dirty old mannish boy
speaks at length of redeeming toil
you made no babies
and not much cash
so eyes ahead
as we plough you flat

but you must keep breathing
you owe the nation this
the fruits of your misfortune must be
shared by dukes and pimps
of great distinction

You can make like it's 1950
health cover by the hounds of hell
take the bribe, pay the bribe
infant saints and cardboard tombstones
let's to Shipman Memorial
no more sell and buy

heifer-faced Etonians and Ivy Leaguers
they're never gone for long
they'll steal what's left of every dream
and close the ports
so we can't cut out cleanly

You can make like it's 1950
but you can't make us stick around
keep the bribe, there's no more bribe
making room for the cheaper labour
off to Shipman Memorial
put the pain aside


from Rancho Tetrahedron, released August 9, 2010


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