The Arms Trade
by Owen Gallagher
Hearing of a request for an instrument
of death they swoop onto our estate.
They have no website or business card
to sell rifles and guns from the boot
of a car alongside pit bulls guaranteed
to eat and excrete your enemies.
Knuckle-dusters and machetes are two for one.
Drop-dead poisons are on special –
bouncers and minders on speed-dial.
A sliding scale of rates range
from teeth extractions to assassinations –
backhanders to the boys in blue not included.
Police records can be erased,
new identities created with the assistance
of Her Majesty’s employees.
Limb and corpse disposal is available
to Gold Card holders.
Late payments are taken in severed ears.