Mutants by Nick Cooke

Bursting out of our own skins, we

grow every second, unstoppable

as accelerated beanstalks, except

we are purple and yellow and not

especially thin, but contrary to rumours


we mean no harm. You can’t get a handle

on what our genesis will do for

world and atmosphere, since

we know no more than you what drives us

into being and twists our biology so.


We only know we’re abnormal

from hearing it a million times on your TV.

The more we multiply the more

normal we get, n’est-ce pas?

You see, there was you thinking we was dumb


just because the news implies as much;

but when our supersonic sprouting ceases and we

stand before the cameras as finished articles,

we’ll put out a press release aimed at

celebrating mutant culture and all


that’s gone into its hitherto obscure making.

That’ll be a pile of fun, will it not?

And very instructive for the countless

millions of self-styled citizenry

knee-jerked into mutaphobia.


Meanwhile we call on all our supporters

to continue the battle for our rights

even in the face of cruel persecution

and outright opprobrium.

We kiss your brave faces with our pulsing lips.


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