Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Dig For Acronyms
Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond,
He said in a TV debate recently
that drones should be called unmanned aerial vehicles,
UAVs, we may also call them for short.
Acronyms always sound more civilised,
Requiring less thought.
Drones - far too loaded now,
Inferring their negative connotation:
That's the damaged who happen to be dead too.
Soon we shall all use a drone,
Like a mobile phone.
They won't fire anything more harmful than a home delivery,
A book, a gift token.
Then it should be okay to say drone.
In this spirit,
They who suicide bombers swiftly fuse with their martyrdom,
Should they, their victims, be renamed
carbon-based life-deflated vessels,
Or CBLDVs, for short?
CBLDVs: more impartial, more balanced.
Such renaming would recognise the other's professional pride,
Both would agree such comparison offensive:
One is not even remotely similar to the other, not at all.
This Theatre of Language is what it has wrought,
And what makes the naming so important: it supports.
The respected espirit de corps' narrative dirty wars:
Occupy, define, neutralise, numb:
Clasp hold the ripples while stoning the pond.
Never let go.
Never let on.