Drink v. Ink

Young Tom, when sober, plied a skilful trade
Tattooing bold designs on those who paid,
Like stars and flowers, love-birds, arrowed hearts
And cryptic characters from Eastern parts.

In things above, or well below, the waist
He was no censor of the public’s taste;
A proud young breast, the owner running wild,
He’d label ‘Bitter’, its companion, ‘Mild’.

Then, further down, in regions best left *******
Punch in a limerick with no words barred,
Or fox’s brush, half vanished down a hole,
With hounds in hot pursuit towards their goal.

He said: ‘There’s nothing that I’ve not tattooed!’
But lost his job because a pop-star sued −
Her upper thighs did not read ‘¡Viva Che!’
But young Tom’s drunken version, ‘¡Biva! Yay!’

Jerome Betts

If you have any thoughts on this poem,  Jerome Betts
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