Balances Coping Mechanisms

by Gerard Sarnat

I always felt a bit upset if my grousing wife called me

Mousy ‘til she said Stanford researchers had found ways

to regenerate lousy hair cells in vestibular systems of mice

ears with clear implications for treating her spouse’s dizziness.

Since on the very same faculty, I emailed primary investigators

to inquire if above was enough data to qualify for participation

in proof of concept studies or at least subsequent clinical trials

before becoming so elderly that a fall eventually led to death.

When they replied, Yes, we decided you’ve got sufficient evidence,

a Gerry construed their subliminal message to be Dress like Mickey

before immediately leaving our cheesy house -- trying hard not to let

a spinning head trap prevent driving into outpatient clinic to begin!


by Gerard Sarnat

“Poetic language must appear strange and wonderful.”

--  Aristotle


writing phonetics

distribution lexicon

remove automatization

intimacy between a wife

and husband half century

passed takes second fiddle

to individual machinations

amongst each Jill plus Jack’s

respective new togethernesses

with alien hearing aids or C.P.A.P.

climax capped by mutual injections?


by Gerard Sarnat

Done with carpe diem

-- been there – I try hard to be

in present moments.

Gerard Sarnat is a retired physician who has built and staffed homeless and prison clinics. He was also a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. As a writer, he has won First Place in Poetry in the Arts Award, the Dorfman Prize, been nominated several times for Pushcart and Best of the Net Awards, published four collections and appeared in Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Pomona, Brown, Columbia, Wesleyan, University of Chicago periodicals as well as in Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, American Journal Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, LA Review, San Francisco Magazine, and The New York Times.

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