Ted Hughes is at it again
chasing tail and drinking like a fish.
He circles his glass globe,
eyeing up the ladies.

Chasing tail and drinking like a fish
is not what it used to be
but eyeing up the ladies
is desirable when drunk.

Drinking is not what it used to be
but some days he is at war
and it is preferable to be drunk
while digging trenches and launching bombs.

These days he is at war
with the plastic pirate ship,
digging trenches and launching pebbles
from his mouth like grenades.

Sometimes the plastic pirate ship
is his stage and words fall
from his mouth like grenades—
promises of love and mermaid’s purses.

At this stage his words fall
on deaf ears
his promises of love and mermaid’s purses
eventually ring false.

Broken oaths in the ears
of another dead fish. It’s out of our hands
when his promises ring false
and another fish takes its life.

One more dead fish on our hands
circling the porcelain bowl.
another fish has taken her life.
Ted Hughes is at it again.