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Wednesday, May 05, 2010


by George Held
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Forget about getting a job as a police officer 
in Indonesia's Papua if you have had your penis enlarged.

Coppers who would serve in Papua
Mustn’t grow their genitalia:

A penis enlarged by wearing a gourd,
Which stretches it mightily groundward,

Or wishfully wrapped in the leaves
Of the gatal-gatal (“itchy”) tree

So it swells as if stung by a bee,
Is irregular paraphernalia

And will make applicants, inter alia,
Unfit as personae non grata.

George Held has collected many of his New Verse News poems in The News Today.