by Gerard Sarnat
Basket cases of Auschwitz survivors willed that their ashes be scattered
at Gucci’s or Dodgers Stadium so their daughters & sons might visit…
Forest Lawn cut loss-leader deals with W.C., Errol, Clark & Humphrey
among nebulae of movie stars in order to attract full-pay customers.
Pierce Brothers Inc.’s black hole gobbled up Marilyn Truman Zappa
& angled for Palance & Steiger freebies to attract their satellite fan clubs.
Yiddishkeit Hillside invested heavily in the borsht belt firm of Jolson
Benny & Berle, while Hollywood Forever landed Bugsy ‘n Johnny Ramone.
Pops’d have none of it, opting instead not for pristine seaside panoramas,
rather staking value claims in the Simi Valley tulies where he plus Mommy
could be parked in peace where the kids won’t come, faraway from LAX
but within room service of gas fumes & crash site freeway miasmas.
Albeit took decades, Dad made it his idea to flip eternity from East Rockaway
to Beverly Hills to the boonies back into City of Angels as long as the cost
of such a switch would be born by his decadent children — which we did.
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Gerard Sarnat MD received his education at Harvard and Stanford. He established and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised, has been a CEO of healthcare organizations, and was a Stanford professor. He and his wife of forty-five years have three children and two grandchildren with more on the way, and live in the room above their oldest daughter’s garage.
Gerry is the author of three critically acclaimed collections: HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), and 17s (2014) in which each poem, stanza or line has 17 syllables. For Huffington Post reviews, reading dates including Stanford, publications and more, visit GerardSarnat.com. His books are available at select bookstores and on Amazon.
Gerard is currently featured as Songs of Eretz Poetry Review’s Poet of the Week with one of his poems appearing daily. Dr. Sarnat is the second poet ever to be so honored.