Last taboo

The one certainty in life.

One word we dread to mention.


he made frog noises

caroled with the cygnus

kicked off his wooden working shoes

applied his foot to the pail, hard

toppled off the budgie support

removed the taught spring of life

lies seventy two inches down

is bench pressing the bellis perennis

and entertaining the annelids for lunch.

Though you need to be careful with Latin.

It’s a language that has tumbled

well away from awake.


This poem was first published online by Ink, Sweat and Tears on 12 December 2018.

J.S.Watts has published The Submerged Sea (poetry), Dempsey & Windle; Witchlight (novel), Vagabondage Press; A Darker Moon (novel), Vagabondage Press; Cats and Other Myths (poetry), Lapwing Publications; Songs of Steelyard Sue (poetry), Lapwing Publications.

Picture source: Brian Gratwicke