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Homage to Henry Kissinger

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Homage to Henry Kissinger

Homage to Henry Kissinger

by Kevin Higgins


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 lookalike 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.

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Kevin Higgins

Kevin Higgins is a Galway-based poet, essayist and reviewer, and satirist-in-residence at the alternative literature site The Bogman's Cannon, www.bogmanscannon.com.