Flu

Skewer
Spear
Immunise.
A tiny chrome harpoon
stuck into your flabby thighs
will make sure you’re immune.

A shot,
a fix,
a liquid dose.
A needle in your arm.
It’s what the doctor diagnosed
to keep you safe from harm.

Jab,
stab,
a quick injection,
just a little prick.
To help you fight infection:
vaccination does the trick.

Rich in Nimes

Rich in Nimes

Her indoors

Stripping wire, opening wine,
freeing small stones from a hoof.
      Scaling fish, filing their nails,
      picking their teeth clean at night.
Carrying, measuring,
sawing through wood.
(They carry not one but two knives);
      There isn’t much
      they can’t turn their hands to,
      these versatile Swiss Army wives.