Good morning to you Captain
I hope you and your good lady
And your young ones are well.
Dressed so fine in your Dominican
Inquisitor's livery, except of course
Those blacks are not as black as they
First seem. In a good light, those deep
Blues and that iridescent emerald tail
Catching sunlight as it bobs to keep
Your balance on the branch.
I wonder what theology of rainbows
You understand, what meteorological
Magic is at your command?
You answer with a cacophony ofcroaks
That make even crows sound like robins:
Six is for the devil and seven's for god
One of them is even the other is odd
But I won't tell you which is which
Unless you're a gypsy, a fox or a witch.
Nimble and quick and a bit of a lad.
No need to jump a candlestick as
Our feathers are already scorched black.
WE all have the same first name
No matter what gender and because
Of this we affirm it at every moment:
Jack! jack-jack! Jack! jack-jack! Jack!
WE all have the same first name,
Except for Franz, our Czech cousin
He's a bit of a literary type, always
Trying to get into some castle or other.
Rivers and lakes in an alternative existence
Where the law of gravity is not enforced;
Where every gangster is affiliated with triads
And secret societies with roots in feudal times.
Violet ballets of bullets and steel stars
Unfold in slow motion and wide screen
In the secret cinema of unknown pleasures,
Housed in the house of flying daggers.
I let the electric dreams into my eyes.
Oh Madame Cheng your slit to the hip cheongsam
Is so very tight on your boyish body.
When I told you that there was an American
Comic book character called The Dragon Lady
You laughed and said, all dragons are male,
Including the one on your dress which seems
To shimmer and caress you when you move
Oh Madame Cheng you are every inch a woman
Except for the three you keep concealed.
I dreamed that your embroidered dragon moved
Over your ivory nakedness like a living tattoo.
Oh, Madame Cheng you sip you oolong tea
And say: now yang flows through my yin.
Note: "Oolong" tea translates as "Black Dragon"
copyright © Bill Lewis, 2020