Poetry: Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina

Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina

Pair of crumbling humbled freak flag ex-hippies’

newfangled rally towels waved high rounding

several bends from Willy Wonka-like bed to boss

factory-fresh La-Z-Boys (which even after haggling

cost an arm and leg) featuring remote controls

-- so both of us can actually recline plus swivel,

on occasion talk at each other although usually

just watch TV -- until irresistibly

grandkids break.

Hoary wife and I drove to some store to sit on ‘em

then arranged speedy delivery right before tomorrow’s

cast of thousands when our kids accompanied by theirs descend for almost military convention

formal quarterly inspections regarding whether

Mom/ Dad should continue to live independently, or are beginning, perhaps’ve already lost, too many marbles.

When we first heard

that huge truck coming up

gravelly driveway, we start to discuss what to do

with the ratty never reupholstered chair/ matching ottoman set from eighth grade which I’ve insisted on lugging to 14 homes during 50 years together. She tried to pay off delivery men to take this junk away

but they wouldn’t, so now it sits in my already cramped

mancave below a Hopper below deceased parents’ portrait.

Gerard Sarnat is a physician who’s built and staffed homeless and prison clinics as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. He won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is published in academic-related journals including Stanford, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Virginia Commonwealth, Arkansas, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, Slippery Rock, Appalachian State and the University of Edinburgh. Gerry’s writing has also appeared widely including recently in such U.S. outlets as Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, MiPOesias, American Journal Of Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, Blue Mountain Review, Danse Macabre, Canary Eco, Fiction Southeast, Military Experience and the Arts, Cliterature, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, The Los Angeles Review and The New York Times. Pieces have also been accepted by Chinese, Bangladeshi, Hong Kongese, Singaporian, Canadian, English, Irish, Scotch, Australian, New Zealander, French, German, Indian, Israeli, Swedish and Fijian among other international publications. KADDISH FOR THE COUNTRY was selected for pamphlet distribution nationwide on Inauguration Day 2016. Amber Of Memory was chosen for the 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium. He’s also authored the collections Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), and Melting the Ice King (2016). Gerry’s been married since 1969, with three kids plus five grandkids.