4 September 2013 -- Gotland, Sweden -- on their cell phones:
Sven: Hej, Olle -- god dag! What do you think of the Obama visit to Sweden?
Olle: Maybe he wants to shop at IKEA! Much fuss from our leaders -- watch them all bow to Obama, you would think that he was the King!
Sven: You will not catch me bowing to the King, and he is coming here to Gotland soon!
Olle: OK, but the King does not have his finger on the Nuclear Button as Obama does.
Sven: He is not about to nuke Sweden, unless he thinks that we have weapons of math instruction.
Olle: Idiot, your English gets worse each day -- that is weapons of mass destruction.
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Sven: Well, if you kept up with world news, you would know that math instruction has slipped in the USA, and they are worried that this is due to use of such weapons.
Olle: Let us return to the Obama visit. Did you see how many cars were in his cavalcade from Arlanda Airport to Stockholm? How many people came with him from America?
Sven: I read in Gotlands Allehanda that six or seven hundred people came here with Obama.
Olle: Why could he possibly need so many people to come to Sweden with him for two days?
Sven: There is a rumor that some of them will travel secretly to Gotland to drill for oil.
Olle: It is true that people have sought oil on Gotland for years -- but not found much.
Sven: Still, better to have Obama looking for oil here, than to have Putin doing it!
Olle: You are right about that -- at least Obama does not carry one of those umbrellas.
Sven: With all those exposures of American spying all over the world, do you think our conversation today might be monitored?
Olle: No, they would never do that -- unless they thought
we knew where Gotland has oil.
Sven: Oh, sure -- and that oil is on your dairy farm, right?
NEW VOICE,IN ENGLISH: Olle, WHAT IS THE EXACT LOCATION OF YOUR DAIRY FARM ON
Eugene Elander has been a progressive social and political activist for decades. As an author, he won the Young Poets Award at 16 from the Dayton Poets Guild for his poem, The Vision. He was chosen Poet Laureate of (more...)