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Homage to Henry Kissinger


When Henry Kissinger again fails to die

Another tree in the Central Highlands loses all its leaves
A girl sits on a visiting diplomat’s lap
Someone organises a Nelson Rockefeller look-alike party
which Henry Kissinger attends
An election result somewhere is declared null and void for its own good
An interrogating officer switches on the electricity
A government spokesman interrupts his denial to wish Dr Kissinger well
Another tin of Heinz baked beans is sold in China
and the CEO personally thanks Henry Kissinger
A ginger cat named Agent Orange leaps down off the garden wall
A baby slides from the womb with a surprise third arm

When Henry Kissinger again fails to die:
A ginger cat named Agent Orange leaps back onto its garden wall
A government we didn’t like is overthrown in a military coup,
welcomed by the European Union
A hut is set on fire for the greater good,
the European Union calls for an inquiry
Someone dies of politically necessary starvation
but that someone is never Henry Kissinger
A bomb is dropped on someone whose name you’ll never have to pronounce
because it’s not Henry Kissinger

For its birthday, a baby gets Spina bifida
A Bengali family have all their arms sawn off.
Fifty bodies topple into the sea off Indonesia
but none of them are Henry Kissinger
Each time Henry Kissinger again fails to die


About Author

Kevin Higgins’s poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, RTE Radio One, and Lyric FM; and quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK), Hot Press, The Daily Mirror and on Tonight with Vincent Browne. He had published six collections of poetry with Salmon Poetry, the most recent being ‘Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital’ (2019). His books can be purchased at www.salmonpoetry.com.

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