— — March 19th 2003: the BBC reports the FTSE index up a half point or more “in response to the war”
In the bad old days, so they tell us
the obsidian knife flashed in the sun;
high on the steps, red to the elbow,
appropriately dressed, the senior priest
solemnly turning, showed to the people
the severed heart, glistening, twitching —
and in sonorous tones, pitched to carry,
assured the nation of divine approval,
kindly weather, a sufficient harvest.
Only hours since the bombs started falling,
the radio announcer — not quite chirpy —
with cautious cheer informed the world:
in response to the war, the markets are showing
signs of a rally: a sufficient harvest.
red to the elbow — well aren’t we all?
© 2003 D A Clarke