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The RDP Poems: Page 8 of 52

Body: 
the flies lifting off the greening haze
invaded and
the farms
around the estate with the dew's revived stench
as if perverted flocks of oxen flew low
depositing their dung and more,
I dismantled the broken sculpture
a Cuban doctor left with us
and took its frame of wattle
smoothed its edges, carved better the sockets
 
and created the frame and shoulders
for my moving arms of bone
 
To make the hands was sheer exhaustion:
two electrical twills fitted as wrists
around the bone
and in their groove
the base of old marionette hands
we used to make during our drama days
their supple fingers and their gracious twist
stung through with copper wire
pulled tight around the bones pieces
to a point through the centre of shoulder-frame
 
I felt those frail and vulnerable limbs
outstrech, beg and chastise with subtle grace
and was excited
running to the sea, panting, puffing on the pathway
to the water, dark, angry smacking
its sparkles and
little catarracts on rock.
Far simpler was to craft energy and motion
A crude, three-stroke motor
with its ascent, deny, yes, no, yes, no, logic
could be battery propelled and ran through wire
to bring the limbs to life.
I refused the humiliation of corporate cells
and set about
to place a spine on a chair
and fixed the frame
and placed the system on a double-converter
one: linked to solar panels,
stealing sunrays for the pull and shove
one: linked to an aluminium box,
inside it- a fluid of chemical reactions
a kind of stomache if you please
to process organic food or mulch
and at the end of the day,
trembling with excitement,
handed life, animation,
motion over to my beautiful new friend
 
The box was busy working through the night
 
digesting, creating a hearth on the porch
for all creatures of the night to gather
I had to chase a scorpion off the flame
and then,
sampled sounds to construct
a humming,
chattering voice to blend in with the gestures
of the limbs
added a sadder loop, a frail cresendo
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Description: 
Portions of this work appeared in New Coin, New Nation and in the case of their musical setting "Times of Deliverance"|"RapCrapDidSo" in the sleeve-notes of "Durban Noiseworks" by Jurgen Brauninger and "Cantata" by Dan Wyman. "Bombing Iraq" has allusions to two tunes by Louis Armstrong and Gilbert and Sullivan.