konye ori

A Good Person Of Setzuan

I am Shan Teh, the sugar of Setzuan
and I am Shui Ta, its bitter herb
But as I am licked,
It is my commerce that dies of diabetes
even though my heart pleasantly beats

If I seek to heal my commerce as I ought
Setzuan will spill me out of their mouth with detest
and even though my commerce will leap out its sick bed
my heart will thus, mournfully beat-
for a good person of Setzuan, I crave to be.

(A poem based on the theme of Bertolt Brecht’s play “A good woman of Setzuan”)

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 16, 2008

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