Lovely Corpse

“Every writer would come along with ideas, someone always suggested a character get raped. I said, ‘The thing is, that character’s already been raped.’ There was this big silence, and my boss said, “When was she last raped?” Sexual violence, violence against women, was the go-to for creating any drama. And it went on the quote wall: ‘When was she last raped?’” - From Line of Duty to The Fall: why can’t TV shows stop killing women? (Zoe Williams, The Guardian, 2021)

“Prepare your bosom for his knife.”
That’s Shakespeare, that.
Can’t argue there.

And what if it ain’t a bosom but
a heaving pair of tits
below a stanley knife?

That’s politics, that’s art.

I don’t make the world, you see,
all I do is reflect.
A big mirror outside
a yard of women’s bones.

How long’s it been since she’s been raped?
Dialogue is dialogue,
but nout can get ‘em gandering
like streaks of mascara,
a lonely walk at night,
high heels clicking on the street
as our boy closes in.

We’ll need to frame her right,
come the grey morning as cops
surround her lovely corpse.

Put her in that copse over there.
Rip her shirt just right.
Film it through the bars.
A body in a cage.
(Visual metaphor, that is,
all the greats use it.)

She’s ready for TV.

Across the country,
she’s a star,
until the next one comes along
to make our hero weep.
It’s drama and it’s always been the way.
I’m just a big mirror.
Written by The_Silly_Sibyl (Essex Boy)
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