State Of The Nation - Eamonn Stewart
State of The Nation.
Mark Twain swears that he once saw some men fuelling
The furnace of a riverboat with Egyptian mummies.
The furnace stoked with mummies
And the paddle-wheel turns.
The gamblers read the entrails of their cards:
The Achilles Paradox trumps venal concerns.
The tortoise *isn't *caught in Uncle Sam's backyard.
Air strike diplomats, keepers of the sacred flame:
Quench the brand of sedition, quench the brand of tradition.
A cord of mummies for the Ship of State –
And a surgical strike on Mark Twain !
Born in Belfast 1964. Trained as an advertising photographer and worked as a focus-puller. Various poems published in magazines. Many influential enemies.