After the Farewell Lunch

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Shortly before moving away from Portland, I got the chance to have a farewell lunch with Professor Hyong Rhew, one of just three or four people whom I call “my most beloved teachers.” Also present was my long-time friend Chris Stasse, whom I similarly call one of “my most beloved friends.”

This poem commemorates the mischievious post-prandial activities of that day. I believe this is the first poem I’ve written for Chris; it probably won’t be the last.

最后一杯
干了之后
老师告别
哥俩要走
笑着回家
大麻便抽
疯狂假想
做双朋友

A loose translation, 2019-12-20, 11:41:01-0800:

One last cup
Drained
The teacher bids goodbye

The two boys
Leave
Laughing all the way home

"Big Hemp" is
Smoked
Wild fancies take flight

Such is a pair of friends!