Tough Bananas

<em>British-American foreign policy talks on Iraq and Kosovo were interrupted by the trade dispute o

I'm a banana republic,

and I get your goat.

By the way, did I mention

the ethnic tension in the place

beginning with K?

I will trade you a Kashmir

sweater for a better

banana split.

A body bag is like a banana:

unzip it, and taste the flesh.

One banana, two banana, three banana,

for let us slip on the skin

like a yellow dress. It fits.

No, we have no Kosovo,

we have no Kosovo today.

You are mandarins,

and we are bananas.

This article first appeared in the 12 March 1999 issue of the New Statesman, Yanks go home . . . but not just yet