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Bank Holiday

July 6, 2009

Easter has been cancelled,
now a bank holiday weekend.

There’s enough bad news.
No need to nail down the living.

No need to taunt the dead
with resurrection.

Underwood is no banker
but he takes time out

from everyday collapse.
He forks corn from a can.

The mob’s rage, he believes,
raised the crucified

three days later,
the resurrection required

a hammering fury.
The banks follow suit,

market exclusive threats
to likely customers,

who queue round the clock
for negative equity.

The banks’ hate mail
becomes a status symbol.

People offer their mouths
as personalised ATMs.

Underwood kicks a lamppost.
The mob has been cancelled.

His foot hurts.
Still, he must resist.

by Rob A. Mackenzie

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  1. July 7, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Very clipped and precise images, Rob. Underwood is the ‘false’ name that Frodo Baggins gives when he stays at The Prancing Pony in LOTR. The names that Tolkien used can sometimes be thought of as cyphers for archetypes we encounter in life – that’s just my take :)

  2. July 15, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Nice poem and reading, Rob. Good to see your work here at qarrtsiluni.

    Rachel

  3. July 19, 2009 at 8:44 am

    The voice in both this poem & *The New Poetry* are so precise & dead-on clear. & then, also, so wonderfully read. A real pleasure, thanks.

    Caroline

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