218 • Escalator

218 • Escalator

In order to settle a score
I nailed a dead rat to your door.
Then you glued a grilled stoat
To my second-best coat.
So I’m bursting this slug on your floor …

Animals are often invoked in interpersonal abuse (‘You pig!’ ‘You bitch!’ and so on), but in this bulletin they cruelly serve as bodily sacrifices in what should be a war of words only. And, far from settling the score, their use appears to be ‘upping the ante’, as each participant glories in ever-more savage and ostentatious gestures. Such is humanity’s impercipient appetite for escalation.

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