Monday, Monday

Hangover (Or Migraine)


By Billy Collins



If I were crowned emperor this morning,

every child who is playing Marco Polo

in the swimming pool of this motel,

shouting the name Marco Polo back and forth



Marco Polo Marco Polo



would be required to read a biography

of Marco Polo-a long one with fine print-

as well as a history of China and of Venice,

the birthplace of the venerated explorer



Marco Polo Marco Polo



after which each child would be quizzed

by me then executed by drowning

regardless how much they managed

to retain about the glorious life and times of



Marco Polo Marco Polo

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