Surely You Know Whodunit?

Surely You Know Whodunit?

Because the bloody corpse can’t speak
and communication from the other side is not a part of the genre,
also because the relatives and friends are incubating emotions which they struggle to express, modulate or conceal,
faute de mieux, the police are soon shuffled centre stage.

However, despite the resources at their disposal,
the investigation is inconclusive
and lines of enquiry pedestrian.
Someone close to the victim arranges
through unimpeachable connections
a secret meeting with a private detective,
who by good fortune has preternatural intelligence,
starry appeal and is a gifted psychologist to boot.

He or she, by means of seemingly innocuous interviews,
makes a daring raid on complacency
and delivers a scowling villain to public obloquy,
although not before a desperate and botched shoot-out
from a tight, albeit well-lit, corner.

Finally, over cocktails at a well appointed country club,
the sleuth and cronies conduct a post-mortem,
not on the corpse, but on this the most recent episode
of the lucrative and long running series,
before a slow fade from good-natured joshing and twinkling smiles.

Published by davidcookpoet

I am a husband, father and grandfather. I retired from a busy working life as an adult psychiatrist in 2014. My interests are in literature, philosophy, modern jazz and horse racing. I might represent those four fields by Shakespeare, Kant, Charlie Parker and Lester Piggott. Like nearly all of us, I can identify a number of formative experiences, one of which was a psychotic episode in my first year as a psychiatrist. This reinforced an already established interest in mystical experience, and a sense of how little human beings know. My intellectual bugbear is reductive materialism, and I am surprised at the lack of moral imagination of those who promulgate such views. It seems to me they need to consider ,perhaps by exposure, just why totalitarianism is so horrific.

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