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A Stratagem

Master_at_workby Michael Snider21 Mar 2019

When I talk about politics, poems, or art,
My wife rolls her eyes and my kids run away
And my friends begin shouting, “Enough, you old fart!
Get over it, man! We don’t care what you say

About something that happened long ages ago
When a man named Somethingus said this about that
And Somebodyelsus said, ‘Actually, no,
Since your whatsus is broke and your ass is too fat.’”

Then they’re back to the tube, where Buffy the Slayer
Is bound by a vampire who strokes her bare thigh,
And I’m forced to conclude that there isn’t a prayer
Of serious talk, nor a reason to try.

I shall have myself dubbed, by Italians, I guess—
Though there’s much to said for the arts of Hong Kong—
When I ask “Don’t you think?” I’ll be answered with “Yes!”
And won’t care the translation’s hilariously wrong.