Pushcart-nominee Bruce McRae is a Canadian musician with over 900 publications, including Poetry.com and The North American Review. His first book, 'The So-Called Sonnets' is available from the Silenced Press website or via Amazon books. To hear his music and view more poems visit 'TheBruceMcRaeChannel' on Youtube.
A dirty word left Uncle Elmer's mouth.
A nasty little word, not nice at all.
It flew around the house wildly,
ricocheting off the lampshades,
killing the parakeet, tearing mum's new curtains,
leaving a filthy stain on every wall and knick-knack,
scratching paint, even cracking the fishbowl.
The dirty word bit Aunt Gladys on the lip.
It hit Davina in the temple, causing much concern.
My father said, "Elmer."
"Yes, Nelson." My father said,
"I wish you wouldn't swear in front of the children."
The kids, meanwhile, were under the house,
playing with matches and porn.