Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Lunar Legacy

for the down-
trodden sluggish earth-
bound masses

that said,

his lunatic majesty left
a heavenly trail
of salubrious saliva.


  1. Ooooh! Bitterly lovely. Puts me in mind of Prévert:

    The Discourse on Peace

    Near the end of an extremely important discourse
    the great man of state
    tumbling on a beautiful hollow phrase
    falls over it
    and undone with gaping mouth
    shows his teeth
    and the dental decay of his peaceful reasoning
    exposes the nerve of war
    the delicate question of money

    But nothing here is as appropriately arch as "a heavenly trail/of salubrious saliva"!

  2. salubrious - almost as good a word as lugubrious.

  3. Joe,

    Your comments and the reference to Prévert most welcome, as I had forgotten about him; thanks!


    Believe it or not, at one point I did think of using "lugubrious" but opted for "salubrious"--not only for its meaning but for its sound.


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