Rhetorical Question – Mark O’Flynn

This poem contains language and references regarded as ‘Mature Content’. Reader discretion recommended.

‘Tell us about Sydney,’ said the Irish friends

of my father-in-law back in 1992.

Sucked his lips and composed his reply:

‘Which would you rather have? Belfast with its sectarian

violence, with Protestants killing Catholics and Catholics

killing Protestants and rubber bullets and internmnent

without trial….. Or would you rather have a city

where 100,000 homosexuals can dance down the streets 

handing out condoms, where a giant penis three stories

high has five bare-chested cowboys riding it?’

Long pause.

‘Why, Belfast, of course.’

I don’t think they got the joke.