Like an old lovely pear
by Mathias Jansson

Homophones are not homophobes
They are words that like each either
They have a common sound sole
Sorry I meant of course sound soul
They are like an old lovely pear
Or perhaps it should be spelled pair?
Like when you complain about your girl’s watch
That has a loud annoying tic
And she slaps you in the face
Because she thought you said thick
Or when you order mousse for dessert
And they bring you a piece of moose instead
Life is never easy with words sounding the same
And have a different meaning of what you say
When people hear your explanation
I had a blew moved because of the morning
And you really tried to say
I had a blue mood because of the mourning
You can only reply with a sine
People only here what they want to reed

IMAGE: “Two Yellow Pears on Folded Linen” by Carol Leigh. Prints available at


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mathias Jansson is a Swedish art critic and poet. He has contributed with visual poetry to magazines such as Lex-ICON, Anatematiskpress, Quarter After #4, and Maintenant 8: A Journal of Contemporary Dada. He has also published a chapbook at this is visual poetry and contributed with erasure poetry to anthologies from Silver Birch Press. Visit him at, or his author’s page at