Treasure Island

David McLansky

(5/24/1944 / New York City)

Riff on gajanan mishra poem, 'Wife is trouble; shoot her.'


Riff on gajanan mishra poem, 'Wife is trouble; shoot her.'


The problem of writing poetry
In a foreign tongue:
You tend to misconstrue the meaning
Whence inspiration's sprung;

I cite your poem drawn from life
As a living example
The guy wants you to shoot his wife,
His desperation ample;

Like Hitchcock's 'Strangers on a Train'
He wants you to bump her off,
His truncated clear refrain.
'Do mine, I'll do yours, ' whispered through a cough

'This way you'll have an alibi
While the deed is done
Protected by a double lie;
Don't forget to ditch the gun.'

There's a guy out there in the grassy rubble,
Taking a bead upon your wife;
If you think she's worth the trouble,
Try and save her life.

Submitted: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Edited: Saturday, March 23, 2013

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