Weehiya, Segment 8

This poetry book in English and Korean by Doug Stuber, contains works from 1973 until 2008. The book was published in 2010 by Chonnam University Press in Gwangju, South Korea. Weehiya (better spelled Weehiyeu) means “To Your Health” in Korean and is a typical toast.  Selected poems from:  The Blue Book (1983); Three Gainesville Poets (1985,Rebuts Trout Publications); More Poems (1991); Sex, Religion, Politics (1998,Hurt Branch & Carr); Rants and Raves (2003, Katherine James Books); Korea and Beyond (2007,Katherine James Books) and selected poems from 2008.  Translated by Park Yeon Seong, Jeong Kang Hee,Go Mi Ran, and Kim Soon

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Quote Unquote, George W. Bush

Quote Unquote, George W. Bush

“We will succeed unless we quit.”
– George W. Bush 16 November 2006

“The only way we can lose is if we quit,”
Our leader went to Vietnam to say.
He skipped that war to golf and lounge a bit.

No jobs mean Iraqis queue to take a hit,
I wonder if historians will yeah or nay:
“The only way we can lose is if we quit.”

The lanterns up from hell are dimly lit,
Who will be the next in line to pay?
He skipped this war to golf and lounge a bit.

At us the whole world loads and throws its shit,
Jail the bums, impeach, without delay!
The only way we can win is if he quits.

Don’t stop screaming, throw conniption fits!
The black hole we’re in must somehow turn to gray,
He skipped this war to golf and lounge a bit.

As poverty encroaches, no time to sit,
Our debt already causes disarray.
“The only way we can lose is if we quit.”
He skipped this war to golf and lounge a bit.

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Kim (Barf Bag Poem #19)

Kim
(Barf Bag Poem #19)

Kim serves six hundred drinks a day,
sometimes smiles at angles that cause
rainbows to appear, like Surat’s tiny
dots up close, but also a sharp blade
of color, brightening cross country flight.
You ink bottle the moment, but it
may never get back to her, unless, unless,
well no, this rainbow is private.

Still, don’t you wish you could be
in love with everyone? People are
the greatest fun, but, fear not, I will
be alone again tonight my dear.
The ever-expanding set of universes
accommodates all who continually jump.
Two more drinks worth of life, a dash
of grenadine, twist of lime, big smile
and another gesture of warmth. Friends
made, moments cherished. Closeness.

 

 

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Christmas 2006 (7?, 8?, 9?…2012)

Christmas 2006 (7?, 8?, 9?…2012)

(All Together now, in Chipmunk-esque squeals, just like Alvin and the Chipmunks have sung it since the 60s)

Christmas comes but once a year,
soldiers bloodied, Mother’s tears,
bombs exploding in the air,
it’s Christmas everywhere!

Barons sipping booze or tea,
greed leads to frivolity,
one man’s toil is another-kids toy,
it’s Christmas in Hanoi.

Farm girls walk to city lights,
paddies shimmer by moonlight,
no one left to grow rice high,
it’s Christmas in Shanghai.

Now she sits at sewing machines,
making clothes for Wal-Mart Queens
she takes home a buck a day,
it’s Christmas in Bombay. (Mumbai)

One hundred forty hour weeks,
raped and left no food to eat,
import maids, Sri Lanka’s poor,
it’s Christmas Singapore.

Catholic Mass in Spanish here,
Argentina has great fear
The IMF has had their say
Guess who is going to pay?

Now the Dems have won their seats
still no nerve to scream “impeach,”
It seems they’re also on the take,
Which SUCKS for goodness sake!

Bush is set on World War three
claims tax cuts will set us free
Look, a tear in Laura’s eye
The Whitehouse is a sty.

Habeas Corpus is long gone
Now King George can have his fun
The law was passed here just in time
To root-out left-wing slime.

Osama thumbs his princely nose
Knowing Dad is Bush’s Bro,
The oil secured keeps China at bay
It’s Christmas all the way.

Now Osama’s dead and gone
Who will be the next war pawn?
Syria, Libya, Iran, no WAIT!
Christmas is way past late.

Barack Obama’s our new man
He spreads the war to Pakistan,
Drones are flying up above
Spreading Christmas love.

So go out and shop some more
Buy something from every store
The fascist status quo gains power
with every shopping hour.

Christmas comes but once a year,
Bloodied soldiers, Mother’s tears,
bombs exploding in the air
it’s Christmas everywhere!

Bombs exploding in the air
It’s Christmas everywhere!

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Weehiya, Segment 7

This poetry book in English and Korean by Doug Stuber, contains works from 1973 until 2008. The book was published in 2010 by Chonnam University Press in Gwangju, South Korea. Weehiya (better spelled Weehiyeu) means “To Your Health” in Korean and is a typical toast.  Selected poems from:  The Blue Book (1983); Three Gainesville Poets (1985,Rebuts Trout Publications); More Poems (1991); Sex, Religion, Politics (1998,Hurt Branch & Carr); Rants and Raves (2003, Katherine James Books); Korea and Beyond (2007,Katherine James Books) and selected poems from 2008.  Translated by Park Yeon Seong, Jeong Kang Hee,Go Mi Ran, and Kim Soon

Democracy Camp Sept 15, 2006

Democracy Camp Sept 15, 2006

The floods that rise may not subside
without more destruction.
There was a town of poverty, dignity, friends,
and musical distinction.
There is a place, a target now,
much more than spice and rugs.
What about the movies made?
Iran is not just thugs.
From Gilgamesh to Rumi,
poets ruled our minds.
The original crossroad now insights extinction,
Shias now empowered, thanks to our instruction.
We prop the Shias in Iraq,
then send bombs to Ohlmert.
Once again we sell arms
to both sides of a war.
In the 80s, Saddam, our friend,
but selling arms to Iran.
The losses were 1.6 million humans
which softened the region, strengthened our plan.
Which started as a storm
and digressed to clan versus clan.
The house of Saud/Bin Laden are all Sunni playas
Hezbollah, Iran and now Iraq are the mighty Shia.
Al Qaeda is Sunni, and that’s why Saddam is alive but gated.

Soon he’ll enlist for us the Sunnis to fight the
Shia crescent WE CREATED!
Security forces in Iraq are 100% infiltrated.
Iraq will not sell us one drop of oil
as soon as we pull out.
Even Democrats are scared, so they
whisper, never shout.
Watch as Americans nominate uptight Hillary,
whose hawkish stance is clear.
There’s war ahead for Republicans,
but it’s the Democrats I fear.
No matter what they do,
they will be blamed as economies falter.
When every law is bought,
it’s heaven for Anne Coulter.
It’s also just another business day
for Democrats on the take.
Even Edward’s poverty Center
is 88 percent fake.
Again the thousands gather,
Democracy Camp explodes.
Many signs of protest, but, thanks
to our wimpy media, no one out there knows.
Has TV made us jellyfish?
Are we in the hands of the pundits,
or can we convene and resist!?
In Ohio six times as many African Americans
now flock to Muslim mosques.
If we don’t come together soon,
Anti-capitalists will be our burly Basques.
In case you’re wondering where I stand,
I intend to go. My family’s safe
up on the hill, but life is short, you know.

Copyright, Doug Stuber, 2006. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given, and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.