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Fiona Pitt Kethley

Fiona Pitt-Kethley is the author of more than twenty books of prose and poetry. She has lived in Spain for the last twelve years and is writing both prose and poetry about life there. She is married to chess grandmaster, James Plaskett and they have a son, Alexander and 11 adopted feral cats. Her most recent publication is Mineral Adventures (Rack Press).

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

       Me cago ...

 

Me cago, I shit, is an ingredient

of Spanish curses, taking in a range

of targets ranging from your Mum to God.

Sometimes it´s just a joke, a father says:

“Me cago en tu padre” to his son.

Me cago en el mar is common too,

except in my district, full of fishermen,

depending on the sea for life and luck.

Me cago en tus muertos is the worst.

Not done to shit on someone´s ancestors,

the Lares and Penates, sacred here,

a country that believes in family.

 

Years back, I saw a monologue on shitting.

The comic used a bar stool to effect

dozens of different shitters at their work,

Rodin´s The Thinker, easily the best.

I laughed until the tears ran down my face.

 

The cagon or caganer in most cribs,

trousers half-mast and fertilising the ground

pulls down the tone of the religious scene.

The primmer priests prefer them put away.

I like their jokey peasant irreverence.

Each year some firms make celeb caganers,

footballers, royalty and politicians,

pants down to show they´re just the same as us.

 

 

 

©2015 Fiona Pitt-Kethley

 

 

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