11 thoughts on “Spanish miners fight on

  1. Los Indignados

    Wednesday 04 July 2012

    by Clare Pollard

    Your hands are useless.
    We do not need them
    to knead bread, to thread,
    plant seeds, enter data.

    Your arms are useless.
    We don’t need muscles
    to lift or drag or build.
    We have margins.

    Your legs are useless.
    We do not need you
    to march to battles;
    ring doorbells.

    Your voice is useless.
    It is too expensive –
    educated and with rights,
    it won’t repeat by rote.

    Your mind is useless.
    We have search-engines.
    Post images for free,
    be glad of the opportunity.

    This is austerity.
    We have cameras to see –
    eyes are useless; worse.
    You are the surplus.

    Clare Pollard has published four collections of poetry, the most recent of which, Changeling (Bloodaxe, 2011), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her play The Weather premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and her documentary for radio My Male Muse was a Radio 4 pick of the year. She coedited the anthology Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century and her new version of Ovid’s Heroides will be published by Bloodaxe in 2013.

    Well Versed is edited by Jody Porter


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