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...

rear of the year

hey mister photographer take a look at my rear
not an ordinary bottom it's the flavour of the year
charlotte church a bubbly un-anorexic blonde

with a mane down to her curvaceous waist
wins the coveted award for the best rump
in the queen's universe at sixteen the youngest
winner derriere doll your delectable buns
are now the toast of central london's
wine and cheese parties very propah
a peck on your cheek and a pat on your posterior
‘honey isn’t she a pudding’

you got to grant it to the english gentlemen
cold as cucumber they have a fascination
for inventing sops for their sagging libido
up lifters of their drooping egos
heard about them sleeping with hot-water bottles
nah no sex please we are british
or would you put it to their sense of humour
unique stiff upper lip and thoroughly risqué
nothing wrong with taking pride in your anatomical asset
putting it up on the mat and if it would do society some good
let it roll baby roll greasy old judges
examine its salience undulating highs and lows its airworthiness
taut versus wobble ratio raw appeal versus sculpted feel
plum cake for butt freaks

a derriere is no laughing matter darlings
ms. lopez’s butt has been endlessly discussed
and debated not just scatological finer points
she is even ‘consistently racialized via her butt’
can we afford to ignore class and race
in our understanding of butts say some sociologists
an erudite essay in sexualities in history suggests
a big butt "does not only upset hegemonic (white)
notions of beauty and good taste, it is a sign for the dark,
incomprehensible excess of 'latino' and other african diaspora
cultures" ah some stuff
hogwash in the age of the web
big white female backside embellishes many an internet site
men of the world like female butts period
racecolourcountry bull rear end is about real delight
remember lady chatterley’s well-rounded and well-padded bottom
it wasn’t black by any remote chance
and honestly would you call britney or bullock’s bottoms small

bum under the sun bottom of the autumn
a modern thinker says ‘a good pair of buttocks is possessed
of greater power than all that has ever proceeded from philosophers’
my guess is he was not inebriated it’s the sign of the times
oh by the way english rose ms. church’s backside is ample
and they already have a fanny bridge in the us of a
politics and violence are fast becoming cipher
cheeks of the chicks the buttocks shall rule one day.

(4-5 May 2002)