Favourite Poet 1
Ungainly, the T-shirt the guy’s on is my blue one.
The logo and the slogan – [copied from Boney’m]
Love For sale. He’s no regard for his age, how
This guy has not added a friend in ten years. Three
who used to be with him left him. He’s alone in the
tea shop. When he sits, he always has his knees
crossed. When he rises, he has his arms akimbo.
when he is in the mood, he writes poems. Quite
serious he looks, man.
Not one to be slighted. His peers can be counted
on one hand, he always thinks. Thinks the whole
time. I know this, dear. This sounds something to
laugh at or cry about.
But he has two steadfast friends or comrades.
Three, if you count my wife. Takes money to spend.
If hungry, eats from each another. Can pick a quarrel.
Can laugh it out. Can feel sorry. Has loved art greatly.
Now that ungainly guy is coming across the street.
I’d better finish the poem I am writing.
We quote one another and
Aung Cheimt July 2005
Translated by Maung Tha Noe