At dinner tonight I overheard
Someone say, this crummy planet
I turn around – of course the table's Chinese
They're discussing an unrelated matter
Money or some other delicate relationship
Us do opposite all Earthly things
Now I hope I’m not in for this again
Plain speech drifting into strangeness
Confucian lessons in fluent acrimony
How me protector no one here protect?
When you see how it functions
When it goes around in your head
When it comes out different.
© 2013 Rob Schackne