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The RDP Poems: Page 10 of 52

Body: 
The Basest Needs
 
So many people
knowing so many "natives"
in the grey corridor
of learning
so many insights
of the outside
lodged within
 
Admit:
you loved it
you loved him
 
He knew the "native mind".
With a slide-rule
he calculated the
oblique distance from
the oral poised script
radiating in the logarithm                                                    
of the bridge
the torch
that led incompetence
from the thornbush
the hut
to his heel-
one finger on the graph
the other- caressing
the air
in anticipation of illicit love
 
He radiated
You loved him
He knew the minister
he knew all those who
knew the minister
and all those who knew
all those who knew those
who knew the minister
you inhaled the comforting
aura of his hints
 
And then?
The "Me" "me" "me"
wafting
whisper-hissing
from the rows
and rows of students
the adrenaline
the excitement
the baited pant
of the hall
until his finger
indicated at the "you"
that was to lie
astride
by his desk
the subtle gesture
that confirmed
everyone was equal
but you were the special
equal at his feet?
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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.