come onto the sand
on your feet we can place special boots
to protect you from the danger there
for you do not have to stay
mired in your world of words

word hussy
you sleep around 
in the high society of words
but you are selling yourself too cheaply
for words have not yet learnt to rub
though they do a good impression

word slut word slap word a word meaning whore
you slink about
behind the back of love
with sparkling catchments for thoughts from all sorts of minds
but all the words in the world will not lick you clean
though they may attract a nifty machine to do the job

word swimmer
despite what you say
you sure can swim




With permission - Cadmium Flute (1999)