Thursday, October 20, 2016

Old Wine No More Beer

Red Pine sips bourbon and discuses
The standard punishment for rebels
As he leans into the podium
At the Langham Building in Kaslo.
The Reverend Mealey can't approve
This blatant display of tipsiness
From a translator of the Chinese
Who's also a fellow westerner.
Once Stone House and Cold Mountain are sung,

And the final explanations wrung
From comparison of Mandarin
And English prosodic tradition,
The Reverend wades into Q&A
By pretending to question "baggage"
And "bias" in Red Pine's translations,
When really he's pissed about whiskey.
Those poets wrote about drunkenness.
"But, but, but from different grains!!" he roars.

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