The Shaming of Parts
(after Henry Reed)
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Today we have shaming of parts.
Yesterday we had ethnic cleansing
and tomorrow morning we have
what to do after fracking, But
today we have shaming of parts.
Swallows scythe the air
in all of the neighbours’
gardens but we must not feed
them as they are migrants
and don’t belong here.
This is the upper class drivel, and this
is the middle and lower class drivel,
whose use you will see when you are
given your opinions and this is the
media’s power which in your case
you have not got.
The sycamores hold the dawn in their
delicate filigree but we must intern them
as they are not indigenous.
This is the twenty second catch,
which is always precluded by a
press release and please do not complain
if the press you read is not the press you
agree with as we are elected and you
The geese synchronise a ‘V’ sign
in the sky as they go back to where
they came from, never using their
fingers to signify, which in their case
they have not got.
They call it pulling the wool,
it is perfectly easy if you have
any power in your fingers to raise
a ‘V’ sign for victory or fuckery.
Here at the point of balance
which in this case we have not got.
The imported flowers and shrubs
in the border, silent, afraid, disbelieving,
and the bees who are all from Asia
going backwards and forwards
on registers which only take us backwards…
for today we have shaming of parts.
Kevin Cadwallender is a poet, writer, film maker, radio producer, composer and promoter. He is author of many poetry collections, the latest of which is The World of… (Tenor Bull 2016). He was Scottish National Slam Champion 2012 and was shortlisted for a Sony Award for his BBC Radio 4 programme Voyages. He organises 10RED, a regular spoken word event in Edinburgh. He is Creative Editor at Hybrid/ House of 3, and his forthcoming poetry collection from Red Squirrel Press is entitled Polishing Demons.