he just sat there
while they decided
whether or not they
would let his frequent
use of the word
“perhaps” pass and
if they decided they
wouldn’t, what
they would do
about it, perhaps.

For Which Airline

The guy who lives in the condo
next door is an airline pilot.
They say astronauts should be
risk takers. I wonder if that
holds for airline pilots, too.
I mean you would like to think
that they aren’t taking risks
with your life as you fly the
friendly skies, but he does
ride a motorcycle and just the
other day he flew through the
parking lot in his truck like
he was being chased by terror-
ists, when in fact, he was just
putting the lives of those of
us who stood chatting in the
parking lot at risk. He looks
a little like the late actor
Tony Perkins and when I look
at him I think Norman Bates.
I can’t help it; I think Norman
Bates. I’ll have to ask him for
which airline he flies.

When the Student Is Ready….

“Doctor, oh, former professor of
psychology of mine, I see from

the e-mail list that you receive
these vile, reprehensible jokes.

Don’t they bother you?” “Ap-
parently, about as much as they

bother you, my son. You have to
know when to object and when

to let it go. My objections would
mean nothing and so I let him

send me those obscene jokes in
the hope that at some point in

time he would know that while
I love him, I just tolerate and

hate his hate. It’s what I do.
Perhaps you have a better

approach.” “I’ll think about

Hawking the Wares or Hey, A Gal’s Got to Make a Living, Right?

Tina shopped like crazy —
bags and bags and bags
all dragged from the store
and dumped unceremoniously
in the trunk of the cab.
Please, please, Tina, tell
us your conspicuous con-
sumption is just a Saturday
Night Live shtick, but it
isn’t, is it? It’s a com-
mercial and you are headed
to the bank. But you are
from SNL and perhaps before
that Second City and you
poke fun at the foibles of
all, and all of you stand
for truth, justice, mercy
and peace except that you
don’t…really. Really, you
just stand for acting, enter-
tainment and commercials,
yes, commercials paid for
by that great vote-buying
money machine — corporate
America and, for some reason,
that seems so sad. Somebody
has to make fun of the phon-
ies. Does it take phonies
to do that or just writers
and actors with great masks
and who am I to judge, but
still, still we want our
truth-tellers wrapped in
a punchline like the court
jester — just to keep the
king honest.

Something There Is

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall….”
Something there is that loves a bridge.
Perhaps, the fundamentalists here and
there can be moved just a smidge
to accommodate the vast majority
who march that bridge
for social justice and equality.
“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall….”
Something there is that loves a bridge.

Tankas and Tankas Plus

Japanese Tankas
are poems consisting of five
lines of thirty-one syll-
ables completing moods through
use of metaphors and images.

That definition
had the five lines of thirty-one
syllables in the
following order: 5,7,
5,7,7 as do these lines.

However, Tanka
Plus poems I make up consist
of seven lines of
a full forty-three syllab-
les in the order
of 5,7,5,7,5,7,
7 without a metaphor.

Heading West on I-10

Heading west on I-10 so far out
of Phoenix that the only stations
available are religious, always
evangelical, fundamentalist Christ-
ians who can’t stop hearing them-
selves talk, he hears the preacher
quip, “The road of life is bumpy,
but Jesus is the shock absorber.”
Clever, he thinks. The road to
Palm Springs had its bumps all
right including the corny preachers
on the ubiquitous religious radio
stations in the middle of nowhere
when nothing else comes in. He
then understood the heat of hell
and thought to himself, I have
to remember to bring along some
CD’s of classical music or maybe
just an old tape of Henny Youngman
quipping some joke that wouldn’t fly
today like, “My wife and I love to
go out to eat. I go on Tuesday and
she goes on Thursday.”