Helen Whittaker - The Joy of X

xylophone, xenophobe, pixel, hex,
Xerox, chickenpox, x-ray specs

oxygen, hexagon, fix, fax, fox,
fixture, mixture, flux, flax, phlox

oxen, vixen, Dixon of Dock Green,
exit, fix-it, oxyacetylene

sixty, six-pack, box, exhaust,
textual, sexual intercourse

xenon, excellent, axe, fixate,
exceptional, experience, extrapolate

Xena, Xanadu, x-ray diagnosis,
extraterrestrial, myxomatosis.


(First published in 'Poetry Monthly)