When watching movies about Chinese Voluntary Army to Korea
Such as Scouts and Surprise Attack
I could not help shaking like rat before a cat
Upper teeth clapping the lower, but I tried to calm myself
By imitating the hero’s poised voice
That was my formal education of standard mandarin
Which I practiced in stuttering
I also learned that in order to protect oneself among enemies
One has to get an upper hand to be preemptive
Although it was almost impossible for a kid
One day a boy repeated in a hoity-toity voice
The hero’s rebuke to the enemy
"How could you be so careless about your cannons?
Too impotent to fight as a mother-fucker!"
That became an instant magic phrase to relieve anyone
From the nervous shiver when watching the movie
And every time the film ran to that point, the whole playground roared
A few years passed before I learned the original words
Had been "Too important! To fight with MacArthur."