the last sin
  pale ashen sky
a bleary eye
clouds of recurring screams...
i am a zoo
  an octopus leviathan
tentacles into an ocean
of unformed emotions...
syphilis and love  
  syphilitic pall
stifles the clear blue
i contort...
shell and pearl
  amidst highs and lows
in life's ocean flows
a shell peony-mouthed...
i am an unmarried mother
  fed on stings
of barbed milk morality
my child-plankton...
the lovers
  cell upon cell
bridge of their union
hung on the pillars...
  ogre of age
and time cavil
at a warm picture...
the young today
  innocence thaws
at the altar
of ambition...

Ms. Jackson’s halftime show

Janet’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’
thank you Justin
at the super bowl got me thinking
what’s this brouhaha about a nipple
poor lady she wasn’t brazen about it
and wore a tastefully designed nipple ring
some people may even call it decent exposure
talking of which a little birdie tells me
Ms. Jackson may soon be peddling
nipple rings leather bras and chastity belts
for her American sisters
the chastest people in the world
not to be confused with cheesecake
now you need not do it in the buff
it ain’t well-mannered with your clothes off
as it is Sister 2 Sister
the African American women mag’s
internet poll suggests its reader are enraged
“There's Too Much Sex in Entertainment”, they protest
talking of specifics about 31% proclaimed
“Even rabbits take a break!”
ah rabbits such prolific and promiscuous creatures
it seems our beloved America
is in safe hands nipplegate notwithstanding
a quick romp on the stage
ain’t the order of the day
MTV has bitten the dust
and thank the holy lord it ain’t Sweden
common knowledge about Swedes proclivities apart
you see in Stockholm recently a homeless couple
protested by having sex in the middle
of a downtown square with a faithful dog at the foot
and a placard saying “Even Homeless have Sex”
curious onlookers cheered and the show went on
for an hour and a half some prowess in bed
entertainers in US however
gotta quit their bare dare revelry on stage
forget about album sales
and think about society and the moral question
nipple rings or for that matter
tongue or navel accessories anyway are passé
rings have a strange way of appearing
in stranger places the progenitor of evil
stop them before it’s too late
join the brigade of the virtuous
God bless America!

(7 March 2004)