Russell Streur

The Emperor Is Afraid Of Zhu Yufu

Zhu Yufu is eating green moss
And making stories up.

He is arguing with Confucius
And plotting nights with Robber Chih.
He is gossiping on the Terrace of Yellow Cranes.
He is spreading rumors on three bridges.

Zhu Yufu is making faces at the emperor
In the path to Stone Mirror.

He is setting clocks to unofficial time.
He says the hour’s come.
He is stealing everybody’s feet.
He is headed for the Square.

Zhu Yufu
Must be stopped.

Russell Streur is a born-again dissident residing in Johns Creek, Georgia. He is widely published and operates the world’s original on-line poetry bar, The Camel Saloon, catering to dromedaries, malcontents and jewels of the world. The tavern is located at, where the beer is cold, the whiskey Irish, and the door is always open.

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