By | 1 July 1999

for Dr Diane Lightfoot

Why is it so fascinating
watching disaster’s colonies

Some hang before the mouth
like clusters of grapes
others wriggle
like the tempting blips
of distant constellations.

Is the microscope honest?
Is the petrie dish safe?

Disaster can be
so gentle on the eye,
wondrously translucent
a swimming mystery
with delicate working

It’s not so easy
calling you names,

Even when the lid
is lifted
on your putrid stink
you are generously
enlightening us
to the real world

its lurid lovely movie
Divide and Rule.

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