World poetry day


When X can mean No

the opposite to ‘tick’.

How come it can mean yes, a kiss,

marks the spot, has

something to do with factors?

Crossed out, take care,

train approaching, branded,

a children’s game.

Excommunicated, exonerated,

why the ‘e’? Superfluous, surely.

Religion on a tilt, carrying.

Hopscotch, noughts and…crosses.

Angry, annoyed, no kisses there, or maybe.

Crossroads, change of direction.

O you naughty child,

kiss it better.

Cross contamination-impure.

Cross breed, hybrid, mutant.

exquisite, excruciating…ah that X.

Took a while but cannot be ignored.

 X rated.

When kisses go wrong…


 Helen Ducal  2009


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