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Poetry Break: Gerard Sarnat: The Boonies

By: Gerard Sarnat

 

Thanks to Newton Minow (1926- ), JFK’s Chairman of Federal Communications Commission, who coined the Eliotonian term “waste wasteland” to describe television.

 

1. Richard Boone Redux: Paladin’s Have Remington, Will Travel

“I know that I must die, and this I will do for death:
I will die. But no more. I am not in his employ.” — Edna St. Vincent Millay

Two Drops of Ink Poetry Break: Garard Sarnat: The Boonies marilyn l davis

To be a seeker means to pursue true self,
difficult, loving, a playful trickster knight without armor
urging both friends & you toward awareness,
a human who understand that our Earth is a hunting ground
in which everyone can be an ally — not a vassal.

 

2. Not Bosco “B. A.” (Bad Attitude) Baracus’s A-Team*

Two Drops of Ink Poetry Break: Garard Sarnat: The Boonies marilyn l davis

A personal fave high school story occurred during senior year when all my acting-out stuff was done.

Brown bag lunch, front lawn’s Hamburger Row,
I was standing near the Dean of Boys
as maybe thirty feet away a duzie started
— fists thrown and everything.

Quite a show. Leaning on a steel railing, looking dapper
and bemused, Mr. T stood there watching.

Finally, kiss-ass that I am whispered
to this same man who coached me
(an alternate on the junior varsity wrestling team),
Isn’t it time to intervene?

He rat-a-tat barked something like, Better to wait a bit
‘cause then meatheads’d actually’ll be ready to stop –
saving “face” having a teacher break up their wrassling
rather than one of them surrendering. Goons don’t get
the message have a chair named after them in my office.

Thought to myself, Pretty clever.

A decade later, now head resident in a dorm for troubled youth,
a tussle broke out. Remembering Mr. T’s fisticuffs solution,
I waited a bit before wading between, loudly declaring “break it up.”

Relieved to avoid further blows, both combatants quickly stopped.
Thank you, Mr. T.! Wish I’d only been so lucky back in 9th grade…

One of those Rainy Day Schedule gym periods,
whoever was supervising got bored sick with dodge ball
or perhaps had a fight with the wife over breakfast.

When his whistle blew, we were ordered to line up by height.

Then the person in charge paired a handful of us,
seemingly roughly by size, possibly with a backstory
of trying to create crowd interest +/- gladiatorial havoc.

This candyass drew a short straw: Buddy Somers, badass.
Older, stronger, meaner, faster, more experienced at brawling.
It wasn’t pretty. No shrill screeches, no breaking it up, no saving (my) face!

Next week I began sporting gold bling, grew out a Mandika warrior
sorta Mohawk do, joined the wrestling team.

 

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Bio

Gerard Sarnat won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, has been nominated for Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards.

He has authored four collections: HOMELESS CHRONICLES (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016).

Amber of Memory” was the single poem chosen for my 50th college reunion symposium on Bob Dylan.

Mount Analogue selected Sarnat’s sequence, KADDISH FOR THE COUNTRY, for pamphlet distribution on Inauguration Day 2017 as part of the Washington DC and nationwide Women’s Marches.

For Huffington Post/other reviews, readings, publications, interviews visit GerardSarnat.com.

Other published works: 

Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Virginia Commonwealth, Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins and in Gargoyle, American Journal of Poetry (Margie), Main Street Rag, MiPOesias, New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Magazine, Voices Israel, Muse-Pie Press, Blue Mountain Review,  Danse Macabre, Canary Eco, Military Experience and the Arts, Tishman Review, Suisun Valley Review, Fiction Southeast, Junto, Lowestoft, Burning House, Tiger Moth, Heartwood, Tiferet, Flash and Cinder, Foliate Oak, Parhelion, Bonsai plus featured in New Verse News, Eretz, Avocet, LEVELER, tNY, StepAway, Bywords, Floor Plan, Good-Man-Project, Anti-Heroin-Chic, Poetry Circle, Fiction Southeast, Walt Whitman Tribute Anthology and Tipton Review.

Harvard/Stanford educated, Gerry’s worked in jails, built/staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a CEO and Stanford Med professor. Married for a half century, Gerry has three kids/ four grandkids so far.

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