The Rapist David Bowie

Dirty his name? The dirt was always there,
just carried under nails of struggling girls,
in rucksacks, tossed in cupboards, hidden, curled
in elbows, tucked between their hats and hair.

The dirt was always there, beneath the shine,
between the lines we thought we understood,
in laurel leaves we garland round the good,
in all his songs, in he who smashed the lines

of gender, art.  He built a ship to space,
carried his love and dirt up to the moon.
I will not mourn. The tears will happen, soon,
but not for him.  His magic, goblin face

is scarred with stolen hope: the fear of youth.
Gather his dirt; inter him with our truth.

This poem appeared as part of a longer article at The Establishment.

Margaret Corvid is a feminist, socialist, sex worker rights activist and dominatrix. She is a contributing editor for Salvage, blogs for the New Statesman and appears regularly in the Guardian and The Establishment. She punishes the naughty at