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PostLee Kuan Yew: A Poem by Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA, 03/29/15 11:28 am)
Our friend in Memphis, Gary Moore, sends the following:
Am I too late for Lee Kuan Yew week, and the irresistible Eipperian analogy of Buffettism?
Here are some verses in tribute:
Oh, I wish I had a pencil-thin island,
That I could always make run nice.
I'd Singapore-un-sling it, and never have to wing-it,
Cause I'd let laissez-faire suffice.
I'd raise a little Cane with the backsides,
And all the traffic lights would align;
I'd never traffic-jam it, and just supply-demand it--
A Strait-laced Isle of Rightness Yew'd find--
Oh, the beacon on my pencil-thin, insular beach
Would be the Key East of Sun-Shine...
(With apologies to the landmark dissertation
on Boston Blackie econometrics from the Other Key.)
JE comments: Lee Kuan Yew Week concludes today, so you're just in time, Gary! Thank you for the excellent poem. "A Strait-laced Isle of Rightness Yew'd find"--I count three examples of word play in just one line.
I get one other reference: Buffett can be Warren or Jimmy, and Jimmy Buffett is associated with Key West...ergo Singapore as Key East. But how about Omaha East? Or conversely, a Singapore Margarita?
WAISworld's LKY Week (alas) never really got off the ground, but Gary's poem ends it with a bang.