“What’s up? ” I asked Joe Muldoon
his face gaunt, eyes bulging
as he stepped into Meng’s Restaurant at 4: 38 in the morning.
“I want to know what God thinks
explicating their own profundities
on a grain of rice
as if there were actually profundities
When I entered my sister’s apartment
Howard sat slumped on a chair
“Comancheros, ” he said,
sat at our table
then spread out his goods
but I was shocked to see him as
the temperature now hovered near zero.
The girl always wore tight jeans
and painted her face
with extravagant make-up
the husband also my student
“How could you love such a man? ” I asked Kate Hixon
as she sat slumped on the couch in the Teacher’s Center.
“All he does is take your money
and ask for more to buy presents
Fifteen years alive
this beautiful woman
“What news from Lord Buddha? ” asked Kate Callahan
just having spent a year with Kogaku Roshi.
I said, “The same…suffering everywhere.”
Just then Cookie opened the door of Meng’s bathroom
Sprinoza HS descended
rapidly into utter chaos.
During the third week after his demise
ten students were transferred into my Drama class.
As soon as I trudged into the Teacher’s Center
Milton Pell said, “Bernstein, you’ll never be a great writer
until you delve into the mysteries of the track.
And booze! never forget booze! ”