Gulliver's Wife

It is not commonly known that Gulliver had a wife

but she accompanied him on all his journeys

and Lilliput was her favourite place.

Swift never wrote about her.

Perhaps he found her just to daring,

even though she was careful 

to be on her best behaviour

and hide her painted nails

in public places.

When alone she didn’t care.

She wiggled them with joy

each time she took a bath.

Only the Lilliputian sea creatures

were invited to join her.

She loved to watch them

as they played in the water.

Which came first, she wondered,

the mermaid or the seal. 

She tried to work it out.

They told her it didn’t matter,

was no importance.

Having fun was what mattered,

wiggling and jiggling in the water,

size didn’t matter either.

She could only agree.


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