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...

three domesticated pigs

between men and pigs
there's much in common
both burp, fart and snore
ask maggie she'll vouch for it
an expert on men and pigs
she's seen life from close quarters
lucy, lily and oliver
three pigs on the run no more
are having a whale of a time
with their foster parents
maggie and neil in melbourne
being fed on barbecued meat
marinated in exotic spices
and a diet cola to boot
what a pig's life
lucy prefers television soaps
of the syrupy kind
her favourite show friends
gives her goosepimples
and at night she parks herself in between
the amorous couple
many beds have been broken
for the wrong reason
perplexed neighbours talk about
neil's prowess in bed
while many a woman envies maggie
lucy is shy and dainty
despite her big frame
she secretly craves for a night out
at the rave
with her debonair hairy mate
oliver a tomcat in pig's disguise
romps the place down when in heat
has an occasional thing with the neighbour's cat
and is smart enough not to get caught in the act
if you are looking for hog heaven
porky pets are not bad to have
pink floyd serious blokes
gave pigs' wings
and a brooding frown
maggie says she prefers them to people
at least "they talk to you in different ways"

life has its consolations
and pigs are one of them.

(This poem is inspired by a Reuters article about a couple in Melbourne
who have been permitted to retain their three pet pigs despite neighbours' complaint to the officialdom.

(25 April 2002)