Tuesday, 3 May 2016

This Hand on Shoulder Horseshit

Where do they teach it, this touching the hand
to the shoulder? What soi-disant guru maintains
it aids persuasion, builds togetherness, whatever
happy horseshit  it gets credit for? And have they,
perhaps, at any point, considered that for some

of us a hand to shoulder seems unlike
what any friend of ours might do
out of the blue? That some of us
can only be reminded of the times

our bodies had their tenancies rescinded,
an exercise of eminent domain
that left us without papers
in the country of the safe?

Would they be happy to accept
such feedback? Might they stop?

(listen to a recording of this poem here)

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