Natty grammarian on the prowl
I went to China just to prove a case
Was researching the intricacies of a certain letter
Or quaint word
Plus the R had gone absent and without pay
Anyhow my point had to be made.
And then ah
The freshness of the lips of the ladies
The ladies’ lips’ freshness
Smiling at my smartness
The fragrance of new morning roses
The new morning roses’ fragrances from the thick pink lovely ladies’ lips
Smiling at my elegance
Me dressed all in leather
The leather black and shiny
Uncreased as shrugging I said: well
The cow was already dead and her meat eaten you know?
Distinguished fellow indeed me
As I walked along the thronged avenues
That linked the several museums.
The drabness of the museums
The shabby halls and corridors
The disproportionate cost or unaffordable dearness of the lousy catalogs.
Bought nothing and yet
I got my prize among millions.
It was alive and kicking.
I heard it from the ladies
Breathing roses at my delighted face.
It had innumerable meanings.
I think it was the dreaming word WU.
At the beginning it was a bug
A beetle on its back
Its three legs wavering in the air trapped inside a tub
But then I saw the word upside down
And the tub was reversed and the bug with three legs
Walked fast and away...
As fast as I’m escaping from this Chinese poem
A might barney-like
Plumb cryptic perhaps
As I quitted the premises
The forward ladies in the front row ready to grab and tangle with
My two wu-wus
And my third leg
Too elegant to resist
Too dapper for words.
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