by Elizabeth Challinor

You're not going to write about that!

Why not?

Oh come on!


In a poem!

What is there to say?

Eat your fruit and veggies

And anyway

It's inappropriate

Distasteful even

They're extremely painful


We all know that

Do you?

I mean personally?


You can't force me to...

No! Don't force

Rule number one!

Oh come on!

You're loving this aren't you?

There are some topics

You just don't go there

Not in poetry

What if they come to you?

What are you supposed to do?

Ignore them?

No! Deal with them

But just not with a pen

What did you say?

Oh stop it!

You know what I mean

What's the matter with you?

You're warped!

Can't you find other things

to write about?

You're missing the point

Things find me

I don't pick and choose


So what do you have to say?

Eat your fruit and veggies

Drink plenty of water

And remember

You have a secret community

Of fellow sufferers out there

You are not alone!

Elizabeth Challinor