“Tarnished” by Gerard Sarnat

Ger’s glasses naturally rose-colored,
although trying hard to prevent
such on all of our cheeks

I ask the weekly Men’s Group
which has met at my house
for many many decades

to abide by these COVID-19 rules:
“Following up from last previous
discussion, I’d suggest to you

1. No one who’s ill or recently exposed
to someone suspiciously sick
(whatever that means)

should currently come to meetings.
2. We maximize elbow or Wuhan
toe taps, foot touching, etc. — but

at least I am passing for now on those
wonderful hugs sure do miss already.
If above is [quite understandably]

too tight-ass / hysterical, perhaps convene
elsewhere?  Simply cannot afford for
Lela or me to be sick. If acceptable

see ya Wednesday.” …Unanimous agreement
reached seems another golden step building
more responsible plus mature community

— until my partner / boss for a half-century
opines, “Getting together is unnecessary!”
thus putting her kibosh on well-laid plan.



Gerard Sarnat, MD’s won the Poetry in Arts First Place Award/Dorfman Prizes and has been nominated for a handful of recent Pushcarts/Best of Net Awards. He authored HOMELESS CHRONICLES (2010), Disputes, 17s, and Melting The Ice King (2016). Sarnat is widely published, including recently by academic-related journals at Stanford, Oberlin, Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Pomona, Brown, Penn, Columbia, Sichuan, Canberra, University of Chicago as well as in Ulster, Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, American Journal Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, LA Review, San Francisco Magazine, and the New York Times. Mount Analogue selected KADDISH for distribution nationwide on Inauguration Day. Sarnat’s poetry was chosen for a 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium.

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