Tuesday, October 27, 2009

rewrite of naming og parts with a war related theme


To-day we have naming of body parts. Yesterday,
We had daily dissection of bodies. And to-morrow morning,
We will learn what to do with useless remains. But to-day,
To-day we have naming of body parts. The colour of the skin of the body like coral in all of the neighboring gardens,
And to-day we have naming of body parts.

This is the lower part of the leg. And this
Is the upper part of the leg, remember this because there will be a quiz
And this is the human spine,
Which in your case I truly hope you are the proud owner of. The bones of the fingers
lying in the bowl with their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which I strongly suggest you do not give an example of .

This is the safety-catch for the saw, which is always released
With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me
See anyone using it for anything but body parts! You can do it quite easy
If you have any strength in your thumb. The blood vessels
Are fragile and motionless, under the skin
NOBODY use their thumbs!

And this you can see is the scalpel. The purpose of this
Is to breech the skin, as you see. We can slide it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: but advise you not to
we call this Easing the spring, because the blood will spill every where.
And rapidly backwards and forwards leaves the skin ripped to pieces
The early cuts will be assaulting and fumbling to the body:
steady hands men.

They call it easing the Spring: it is nowhere near easy
If you have any strength in your thumb: now is the time to use it
And the breech, and the point of balance,
Which in your case you have not got yet; and the newbies
Silent and the scalpels slowly going backwards and forwards,
For to-day we have naming of body parts.

Class dismissed...



  1. Uuh, truly gruesome (I mean that as praise in this case!). I was not quite sure if you slipped from pastiche to parody and back again, but certainly I had to laugh a little at stanza 3 with the saw. Very effective little poem, and the commentary it makes on bloodshed is quite subtle.

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  3. I agree with the unclear elements of pasthice and parody. That was not done as well as I would have liked.
    But my aim for this text was to take a very surreal thing and then do a parody of a "i´m young- i´m fun - cause I am sarcastic - teacher" in ordee to then make it a parody.