Satish Shrestha (सतिश श्रेष्ठ )

In The Quest Of…

Louisiana Memoir

Posted by Satish Shrestha on September 13, 2009

June 24, 2009

(you may call it a poem or a bunch of stupid rhymes. Nothing so serious – i just typed everything that came into my mind while recollecting my days in louisiana.)

these two itchy feet stepped in Lake Charles in the summer of 06
hot, humid and isolated – did not enjoy that crazy mix
nonetheless met some great people and had oodles of fun
how can i forget being shot by a bb gun

two months in hammond – still deep south
spent most of the time in lab analyzing noise
great food and music left me openmouthed
after almost a year, finally attained my poise

though i didn’t quite enjoy the place
i can’t lie, I enjoyed its slow pace
good music , good food and good company
my cheap life style didn’t require much money

in the state where chicken is not an animal or a bird
say that’s wrong and they’ll call you a nerd
don’t you worry and relish etouffee, okra, boudin and gumbo
if those’re too spicy, try Raising Cane’s chicken combo

Atchafalaya, Sabine, hundreds of bayous and Toledo bend
all these remind you why you should transcend
so “pull your mouth harp out of your dirty red bandana”*
you’ll will never forget your stay in Louisiana

* ( A verse from janis joplin’s ‘me and my bobby mcgee’)


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