Tough Bananas


I'm a banana republic,
and I get your goat.

By the way, did I mention
the ethnic tension in the place
beginning with K?

I will trade you a Kashmir
sweater for a better
banana split.

A body bag is like a banana:
unzip it, and taste the flesh.

One banana, two banana, three banana,
for let us slip on the skin
like a yellow dress. It fits.

No, we have no Kosovo,
we have no Kosovo today.

You are mandarins,
and we are bananas.

       

[March 1999]

From the book Labour Pangs

British-American foreign policy talks on Iraq and Kosovo were interrupted by the trade dispute over bananas.