Posted in Chutzpah

Au Revoir

Witty, funny and generous
good company, very good company
we all liked him
and nobody liked to be an informer –
besides she must’ve known
couldn’t not have
this was the face that launched a thousand trysts.
Apparently not,
two lives
two worlds.
At home husband-and-wife singular
away from home willing, eager available: plural. And then some.

High salaried job in the Third World
remote, hard, isolated but sensationally paid.
She encouraged him
the money unbelievable
three – five years … then retirement.

He did
on the day he returned she filed for divorce –
taking him to the cleaners.



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.