2016 10 – Dark Deeds By The River Of January (poem)

DARK DEEDS BY THE RIVER OF JANUARY

  • Corticosteroid Triamcinolone
  •                         re-colours the fading flag
  • Prednisolone
  •                         stiffens it before it sags
  • Salbutamol
  •                         accusations
  • cages the Russian bear
  •                         (TUEs) Therapeutic-Use-Exceptions
  • only
  •                         for those with the right to win
  • in the Rio glare
  •                         Paralympics fit as fleas
  • an able-bodied Olympian
  •                         and the morphine drip
  • for a stiff knee
  •                         the manic medium
  • odium
  •                         war-cries from the triumphalist
  • podium
  •                         sport as war
  • war as sport
  •                         always for export

Wilson John Haire.

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