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The Independent Thought of Dirk Zimmerframe PhD MSG - poem by Kevin Higgins

after W.H. Auden

When his hair fell out
he bought a hat with sleeves,
now wears it everywhere, even in the shower;
began shuffling into rooms dragging
after him the ruins of an acoustic guitar
in the hope of being mistaken
for James Taylor. Morning
of his fifty fourth birthday he went rattling
down the motorway
on a penny farthing bicycle
he had specially constructed
because a bloke at a bus stop the previous night
convinced him they were back in fashion.

When a human-seeming head attached
to an officially sanctioned jacket so instructed,
he duly put on his Caftan
and sweated off several pounds
worrying about Russia; when it was Iran
he gawped down at the sandals
he first wore to look vaguely Nicaraguan
and had about that
the maturest thoughts
in his head’s history.

Though when politically necessary
he still pretends to be against
war, homelessness, and rape;
unlike you, he never
lets his idealism wrestle
and pin his inner bar-room bore
to the tell-all miserably carpeted floor.

Kevin Higgins’s Song of Songs 2:0 - New and Selected Poems will be published by Salmon Poetry in April. His poems have been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK), The Independent, and The Daily Mirror. The Stinging Fly magazine recently described Kevin as “likely the most read living poet in Ireland.”

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