Thursday, 5 July 2012

Naming of Parts

Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
we had Credit Crunch and Libor. And tomorrow
we shall have what to do after hiring and firing. But today,
today we have naming of parts. Newcastle
gleams under another downpour, summer gardens are underwater.
And today we have naming of parts.

This is the Large Hadron Collider. And this
is the Higgs bosun particle that no one can see,
known as God; like Dark Material, a matter of dispute.
And this is the FTSE100, whose fluctuations few can predict.
Much depends on faith, which you have not got. The branches
of libraries close like books. Streets blossom with betting shops.

There is always a catch which is seen too late, released
by a dismissive flick of the finger or downward jab
of the thumb. And rapidly, backwards and forwards,
battalions of Bank of England bowlers, busy at all hours,
count out another fifty billion, which we have not got.
They call it quantitative easing.

With apologies to the admirers of Henry Reed's fine poem Naming of Parts, published in New Statesman and Nation almost seventy years ago on August 8, 1942.