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from Admiral Blee

PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 8:08 am
by redan

The natives are docile
not because my battleship is in the harbor
but because I have prevailed upon
the Merchant Consortium (which
wields the real power here) to install fluorescent
lighting in their huts.
It was fiendishly difficult to make the boobies
understand [that] the natives would work
harder if they had an electric
bill to pay each month.
The king of this island is very brown
and very cantankerous.
He can recite Robert Louis Stevenson by heart
and says [that] when he is asleep
he leaves his body for Chicago,
where he earns a modest income as a haberdasher's
clerk. I asked him why,
with this marvelous ability to leave his body,
he is only a haberdasher's clerk?
He replied [that] it is enough to be a king
when he is awake; and anyway he gives
the money he earns when he is
asleep to his people; and besides it isn't easy
to find work in Chicago, and he is happy
to have the job.

[/i]In 1905 the United States, an arriveste super power, sent the Great White Fleet Around the World to Show the Flag!


PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 6:48 pm
by dks
Redan--I love ehoes Melville somehow...with it's poetic/prose-like depiction the culture clash (think Billy Budd)...I love this line:

The king of this island is very brown
and very cantankerous

Nice post...unique excerpt, redan... :wink:

PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:40 pm
by Saturn
Is this an original work or not redan?

If not, can I move it to the "share a quote" thread?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:12 am
by redan
It is a poem by me. It was probably published sometime somewhere, but I never kept good records in those days. I had poems published quite a bit, once upon a time. A few in some very swank magazines and journals. These days I toy with the idea of coming out of "retirement".

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:49 am
by Saturn
Please do - we would all love to read your stuff :D