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Lowest Common Denominator

Lord, you told us: ‘Go forth and multiply.’
Did you think you could manipulate us?
But we are contrary creatures:
We’ve been dividing ever since.
You reckoned without us calculators.

Copyright © Debjani Chatterjee
Acknowledgement
Debjani Chatterjee’s poem is taken from her collections: I Was That Woman (Hippopotamus Press, Frome, 1989), and Namaskar: New & Selected Poems (Redbeck Press, 2004).

POEMS from Do You Hear the Storm Sing?

WHAT I DID TODAY

Today I blew up the Northern General - again;
bulldozed the waiting room in Hell
where I had sat all morning in a silly gown;
I strangled the arrogant GP who knew so little
but pretended to know it all;
my itching hands throttled the oncologists:
the indifferent one who swanned off on holiday,
forgetful of referring me for a Hickman Line
under anaesthesia at a half-decent hospital,
and the one who lost my consent form and thrust me
into a nightmare place of endless screams;
I fought the boffin butcher who drilled holes in me;
and finally I exterminated
every homicidal side-kick masquerading
as an angel of mercy...
All these things and more I did today.

Copyright © Debjani Chatterjee

MIA HAMM

Soccer legend Mia Hamm
Never really gave a damn
for the critics who proclaim
women cannot play this game.

Copyright © Debjani Chatterjee
Note
American footballer Mia Hamm played in four women’s World Cup finals and scored more international goals (158) than any other footballer - male or female.

POEM from
Albino Gecko

JUMBO HAIKU PROVERBS

In the elephant
orchestra, don't expect to
blow your own trumpet.

If you belittle
the elephant, prepare for
jumbo to squash you.

Copyright © Debjani Chatterjee

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