Saturday, 20 February 2016
HIMEMIKO THE TOP, a poem by Thomas Hoskyns Leonard
HIMEMIKO THE TOP
by Thomas Hoskyns Leonard
Dedicated to Hime
I'm no feminine Oriental shaman,
Or Japanese demoiselle
With a tale of higher birth to tell.
I'm a highly masculine Italian;
I'm Himemiko, the top classical poet in the land
Who always tries to get the upper hand.
When I talk gently, people try to take me for a ride,
When I kowtow, the bullies irritate my hide;
But my poetry fosters rebirth of the species
In joy, beauty, and all due delicacies.
My Michelangelesque sketches
Put the bums and the wretches
Who wish to ride high,
Feeling fit to die.
I am the zenith of the crop;
That is why my next tee-shirt will be emblazoned with the word TOP.