- MICHAEL SHARKEY
- News is full of people we dont know
- whom we never wished to read about or
- think of every day, but they insist: we
- their images while we flick through pages
- as we sit in waiting rooms to hear how
- time we have left. They have eternity and
- and we have neither. Sometimes, we
- they could age. They never will:
- their photographs will cease or learn to
- And so their lives will have no end.
- Beauty such as theirs is their concern.
- We have enough to do without them,
- but they haunt us, much as we know we
- are dead to them and they are dead to us.
- Could we exist when they go missing?
- Could they suffer? Do they talk of being
- What on earth is that to them? Their sole
- appeal is to our longing for no change:
- we are unworthy of their presence, feel
- begin to crumble when they walk into a
- What were we doing there? We share so
- with them that we cant believe
weve seen them
- in the flesh where we do not believe they
- Often we declare we want to die when they
THE PRIME MINIATURE
(A BORDERLINE CASE)
- I heard the news: its on again:
- Well lose our names, well
- An honest pie with mash and peas
- If we dont cut the country down
- To size. His size. Well have to
- An island here, an atoll there:
- They wont be missed. The
- Well go platonic, pure idea,
- Like terra nullius incognita.
- History never happened here.
- Now you see us, now you dont;
- Theres nothing here thats
girt by sea.
- Theres no such thing as refugees.
- The maps a fiction; nothings
- I dont exist and nor do you.
- The mantra works: the daily news
- Informs whoever cares that queues
- Of camels specially bred for size
- Are galloping through needles eyes
- And overcrowding Paradise.