Matured Mettle: Busy Being Born or Dying by Gerard Sarnat

Watching
together as relatives, friends
pass-on
       a few whisper, Ger’s     
kinder man now than used
to be as invincible fellow
teenager…
              Yesterday I
eyed a weary woman
housecleaner glancing
tearily at tarnished bronze 
figurine
        which when we
bought small cabin
looked beyond woodsy
expanse from front
porch -- before my wife
demanded
        I take junk down:
then was 36 years ago
and as sad lady told
us about her sickly
granddaughter, She
loved images ‘til totally
ravaged
        thusly that’s how
Grams began to collect
icons in order to populate
new garden honoring all
such fallen angels…so
spontaneously, meekly,
unprompted, mutely it
overcame
               me who
felt blessed becoming
able to grow capable
of just simply passing
on object of obvious
profound meaning to
someone deeply valuing
our discarded hunk of
metal. 
Photo Credit: Gerard Sarnat

About the Poet:

Gerard Sarnat won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for a handful of recent Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is widely published in academic-related journals (e.g., University Chicago, Stanford, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Pomona, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, University of San Francisco) plus national (e.g., Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, MiPOesias, American Journal Of Poetry, Clementine, pamplemousse, Deluge, Poetry Quarterly, Hypnopomp, Free State Review, Poetry Circle, Poets And War, Cliterature, Qommunicate, Indolent Books, Pandemonium Press, Texas Review, San Antonio Review, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, The Los Angeles Review and The New York Times) and international publications (e.g., Review Berlin and New Ulster). He’s authored the collections Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), Melting the Ice King (2016). Gerry is a physician who’s built and staffed clinics for the marginalized as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. Currently he is devoting energy/ resources to deal with global warming. Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids plus six grandsons, and is looking forward to future granddaughters.

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