West sent East

Cameron would like to export our fancy goods;

Land Rovers, Jaguars, Aston Martins, Rolls Royce

jet engines, heavy weight freight. Sometimes we do.

 

More often we ship out container after container

of crap. Precious cargo of scrap wood, scrap paper,

scrap metal and millions and millions of rubber tyres

 

It all sails East.

 

We ship our surplus worthless jewelry;

engagement rings once given in genuflecting

affection now prized from dead mothers fingers.

 

Wedding bands once blessed by priest worn out

from the effort of staying together through thick and thin

rather than through excessive handholding.

 

Silver trophies once handed over for sterling

achievements in acknowledgement of sacrifice

scooped from shelves of long gone sons and daughters.

 

It all sells by weight.

 

Container after container of crap. Western detritus

sailing East piling high in toxic dumpsites.

Our noxious effluvium better off polluting

their Eastern Air.

 

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One thought on “West sent East

  1. joanna wilkinson 20/02/2011 at 1:00 pm Reply

    noxious effluvium eh? like it. This is different… clever bits – especially wedding bands bit and the genuflecting….probably cos i love that word always have don’t know why x

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