Haven’t been well since telling whoever’d listen, “I’ve never felt better,”
which too light in the loafers, dropped the other oxford, hubrised into barely walking pneumonia…
Just little things — tapioca, licorice, muesli slathered in nectarine– sate me, waylay the pain,
drain my sinuses, while the clock pushes two as it has these three weeks’downstairsupdown
marasmic ‘frig rhythm on a dysthymic treadmill with weird bearded twins
Bin Laden’s man al-Zawahiri hand-in-hand with Ginsberg, while a veiled Hamas guy
refusing to play harmonium mutters, “Kalpa after kalpa, we Bedouins love hummus more than Jews.”
Wits spread crunchy as walnut butter on a Petri dish, G-d save me if I’m allergic,
already got TB – will lung cancer blot Hezbollah free Ferlinghetti petrify me?
Hocked mucus looks like chicken gristle with raw veins: is it yesterday’s blueberry tofu –
or plugs of bronchial pulp? Do you recall when MDs advised, Take up smoking to lose weight?
Did Lao-tzu say feed a fever, starve a cold – or the opposite?
Docs don’t know from old wives: did I catch it out with wet hair?
Will matzo ball soup prevent flu, boost antibody to chew viruses?
Have you read the New England Journal that claims spinach may quadruple gamma interferon
so goody-goody T-lymphocytes can chomp baddy bacteria?
Monotony my motto, again I pop pills, drip drops, spray inhalers, guzzle awful red stuff, cuddle
in bed alone in vegged torpor with today’s overcooked papers insomnia tormenta wait and see.
About the Author: Gerard Sarnat MD’s been nominated for Pushcarts. KADDISH FOR THE COUNTRY was selected for pamphlet distribution on Inauguration Day nationwide. “Amber Of Memory” was the single poem chosen for his 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium; The Harvard Advocate accepted a second. Gerard’s a physician whose built/staffed homeless clinics, a Stanford professor/healthcare CEO. Collections: Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), Melting the Ice King (2016). www.gerardsarnat.com. Married since 1969; he has three children, four grandkids.