Three Translations from Languages I Don’t Know
- From Rainer Maria Rilke
They think they know me but no way, they don’t.
My motto: what glows inside stays inside.
Will zoo bars save their horrid human hides?
Not from my freaky yellow eyes they won’t.
- From Li Bai
Drinking Alone Under the Moon
God, I’m drunk.
The moon is my only friend.
I lift my cup to my friend, the moon.
Damn it, I poured wine all over me.
- From Charles Baudelaire
Hey, that means beauty and baby I got it.
You can bet those poets always spot it.
I rescue them from their creative lockouts.
Besides, most poets aren’t exactly knockouts.