about the frontal lobes and their executive function.
circumlocution speaks of his years of research.
His footnotes and
his appendices, and his footnotes to his appendices,
he has considered the questions and objections
His readers might
ahead of them in specifying the precise area
(one third of the
cortical surface of the brain)
Covered by both
his paper and their lobes.
He has considered
both gross and fine motor skills,
sequenced and the automatic,
And he has read
oh dearie me, has he read all the key literature.
footnotes oh, those footnotes are essays in themselves,
As if challenging
the reader to find anything in there
As if wanting them
to admit defeat
When he knows
yes, he knows that while the scientific We
Know most about
what goes on within the gyri of this particular
Piece of cranial
It is actually the
But, then, there
is a reason for Timothys screeds,
For the paragraphs
and the pages and the decades he has spent
On this one
It is the one on
which he can safely spend his prolixity.
As for anything
else you might conceivably want to know,
About his past,
what has brought him here,
And why he is so
obsessed with attention and reasoning and judgement,
He is, in fact, no
different from his lobular friend:
As secure behind
countless words as frontal lobe is behind uncomprehending cranium,
In reality, if you
pay attention to what he has written,
nothing to say.
From Jurassic Park to Populist Politicians via that Limited Edition
VHS we didnt know we wanted.
They say, these
people who say things, that its amazing how these ideas take hold.
scary how quickly figures of ridicule can take over hearts and minds.
See, the experts
have it wrong again.
Who needs them?
(As that populist politician once said).
If a family like
mine, back in the day, who didnt go to the cinema
(What with, shirt
And didnt go
in much for popular culture at all
(Unless it was in
leotard or high heels, in which case my Dad was there right away),
Could wind up
owning that Limited Edition Jurassic Rock VHS tape of Spielbergs film
(It was cheap
plastic, alright? We knew that)
been somehow sold that this was a Great Thing That Shouldnt Be Missed
By the news
stories and such that we werent even aware we were taking in,
Then anyone can be
sold on the latest Big I Am Populist Politician.
We are all of us
susceptible to the sell.
So its just
like Jurassic Park, I tell them in the pub,
short of conversation,
If Im trying
to buy time before they realise its my round next.
And if they
I just say, well,
look at these buggers in government now,
explanation can there possibly be for them existing,
scientists retrieving their dinosaur DNA
prone to pontification as a form of management,
Had said how much
Naomi would want to be a Good Leaver.
Not to her face,
of course, and not in so many words,
Although he was,
everyone knew, inordinately fond of words,
Cast out into the
air at staff meetings,
As if not intended
to ensnare his staff with implication.
On this occasion,
he had been standing in the office doorway,
That leaning thing
he did, as if he could be anywhere else right now,
you lucky that hed stopped to lob some of his personalised mind grenades
He was standing
there and idly musing on the Good Leaver notion,
And how important
it was, if you were moving on, to make sure it was done with grace.
Naomi was almost
certain he had said grace.
It wasnt a
massively Bilious Bill word, but she remembered the sly smirk
And the way his
eyes had darted up and left,
As if he had the
counter-example right there, if she wanted him to retrieve it.
leaver, the uppity uptight whod slammed the door and marched off,
No doubt after
setting fire to her workstation.
But he didnt
mean her, surely?
Not in her first
Not when she could
have been with the firm for years to come.
hadnt already started that document shed privately emailed to
After all, how was
that for being a Good Leaver?
When the time came
and she had to leave this shit behind.