Womb

by Paul Stephenson

chestnut, oyster, ministry, pod,
bunker, shelter, kiosk, vault;
ingot, conker, pearl, soldier,
pea, secret, newspaper, passenger;
 
ship, palace, hothouse, shed,
fridge, envelope, oven, lift;
sailor, queen, cactus, spade,
egg, confession, descendant, cake;
 
church, court, aquarium, clinic,
dock, tank, theatre, pulpit;
surgeon, vicar, judge, angler,
accused, patient, fish, believer;
 
voting booth, waiting room,
picture gallery, this afternoon.