Burma Beneath Mount Myanmar

The generals nullify humility.
They proclaim:
We are the gods who

bring typhoons, keep out
the evil West. Let
the monks not in prison
the supposed holy
save their people.

We challenge their magic, because
we have the weapons, the Chinese,
the name change

We don’t mind the joke
of a Nobel Peace Prize for
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
because we are the gods, and
monks are Burmese shamen on their knees
arrested at will, orange slices.

Could be an outlaw of Yeats
has swum across the lake
to see the elected leader
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, or
it might be a crazy American
who thinks Myanmar is Burma, and

ref: New York Times, May 8, 2009, “World Briefing: Myanmar: U.S. Man Held In Swim To Dissident’s Home,”pg.A13.
—Douglas Gilbert

I’m in a misty rain
The petals are falling
I think of fruit
silent pollen and

Could I be an eagle
hawk my visions, slaughter
polemic vermin
where idea corn is stalked
scarecrows are Pinocchio, or
is a question a mark
against this

Contagion Cap And Trade
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   A cap on breathing will be proposed at the next meeting in Geneva on July 4. However, it is recommended that all sedentary people of the hermit class apply for their Certification of Small Mouth Print now. Once that is done, they can write Carbon & Contagion Contracts that can be traded on the stock exchange. These securities can be bought by any person wishing to exercise to offset their Carbon & Contagion Mouth & Foot Print.

Precaution 01: If someone is about to sneeze on you, wash his feet.

Precaution 02: If you see a pig on the street, slaughter it before it sneezes, and make bacon. If you see Buddha, let him go.

Precaution 03: Don’t kiss a swine even if he’s your boss. You shouldn’t raise ducks, chickens, and pigs together in your office.

Precaution 04: Always teach your pet pig American sign language so he can tell you how he feels.

Precaution 05: Use a mask certified to stop viruses when robbing an infected bank

Precautions 06: If you are meditating on a mountain, stay there, unless the Guru has a fever.

Precautions 07: If you put lipstick on a pig, don’t kiss it.

Precaution 08: Some of my best fiends are swine, but I don’t keep them close anymore (“keep friends close,enemies closer”)

Precaution 09: “Chacun à son goût,” but only taste yourself after washing your hands, and you can have your cake if the chef didn’t lick the spoon.

Precaution 10: If you feel sick, stay at home without having a party or a parade in the hallway.

Precaution 11: If you must travel, take a private plane, and don’t let Congress see you sweat.

Precaution 12: In withdrawing from the habit of shaking hands with other people, do not fall prey to the temptation to shake hands with a polar bear. There have been no reports of any polar bears vacationing in Mexico, but the denial to them of a vacation and the bear opening of the seals, can make polar bears ferocious.


4 thoughts on “

    1. Thanks Nagendra. I’m glad you could appreciate my comment on your poem. I’m never quite sure how to interpret a poem so I often give my feelings from it as a very loose paraphrase. Good to hear it worked this time.

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