but decide not to have my rotator cuff fixed at least yet.
No more colonoscopies twice a decade but count me in
for 90 pills to get rid of some yucky toenail fungus.
Yes I’ll keep visiting my 101 1/2 year-old mother
each week but decide not to become nearer a sibling.
No more shaving daily except doing it just when I choose --
& then only with Gillette Foamy which reminds us of Dad.
Yes I’ll keep momentary poetic licenses plus get a permit
for a gun soas we can all stalk unpresidented Trump.
No more weekend dinners with the wife’s newest friend
or her husband unless they wanna smoke marijuana.
Yes I’ll keep maintaining bad habits since back from Nam
but decide this isn’t quite the right time for Methadone.
Gerard Sarnat has been nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize and is the late-career author of four critically-acclaimed collections: HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016). Work from Ice King was accepted by over seventy magazines, including Gargoyle and Lowestoft Chronicle and The American Journal of Poetry, and featured in Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, LEVELER, tNY, StepAway, Bywords and Floor Plan. Since then new work has been featured in Dark Run and Scarlet Leaf. For Huffington Post and other reviews, reading dates, publications, interviews and more, visit GerardSarnat.com. Go to Amazon to find Gerry’s books plus Editorial and Customer Reviews.
Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s spent time in jails as a physician and social justice protestor, built and staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a CEO of healthcare organizations and Stanford Medical School professor. Sarnat's spent decades working for Middle East peace, including being a member of the US’s longest-running Jewish-Palestinian dialogue group and serving on the New Israel Fund international board. Married since 1969, he and his wife have three children and four grandkids.