July 13th, 2006

bluehands

poetry Thursday

"To the tune 'Red Embroidered Shoes'"
by Huang O

If you don't know how, why pretend?
Maybe you can fool some girls,
But you can't fool Heaven.
I dreamed you'd play with the
Locust blossom under my green jacket,
Like a eunuch with a courtesan.
But lo and behold
All you can do is mumble.
You've made me all wet and slippery,
But no matter how hard you try
Nothing happens.  So stop.
Go and make somebody else
Unsatisfied.

Translated by Kenneth Rexroth and Ling Chun
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