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Postby redan » Sun May 21, 2006 8:08 am

from ADMIRAL BLEE'S PACIFIC JOURNAL



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!

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Postby dks » Sun May 21, 2006 6:48 pm

Redan--I love that...it 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:
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Postby Saturn » Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:40 pm

Is this an original work or not redan?

If not, can I move it to the "share a quote" thread?
"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".
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Postby redan » Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:12 am

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".
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Postby Saturn » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:49 am

Please do - we would all love to read your stuff :D
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