Problems of Translation*
Skoba is a feminine Russian noun
So what the hell does crampon mean?
I know what tampon means –
which rhymes with crampon.
That’s what my girlfriend is always running
At one o’clock in the morning.
I also know what cramp means,
Reminds me of my girlfriend.
That’s what she gets when the tampon
Isn’t on right.
Or in right.
And what I get, when
I haven’t been in
In a long time.
And I think I know what “on” means
At least in such expressions as
And that reminds me of my girlfriend
too, since . . .
Oh, well. We won’t go into that.
Maybe I need a new Russian dictionary?
*Published in Hyn Anthology, 1972.