“Sidewinder’s Cat Steven’s Vibe Stem-winder” By: Gerard Sarnat

Family of origin, the four of us always sat smack in the center.

Auditoria (no temple), political (Democrat) middle…


An esteemed accomplished adult, when we were kids figuring it out,

Sis got in troub in school for sitting front row center, raising her hand

too much, shouting out answers when the teacher asked the class a question.


      …But I drift from midpoint — adjusted a tad left, I slacked the ‘60s

      experimenting in hippy dippy radical chic college towns


Middle son went UCDavis gay                                “Perch off to the side, Dad. Quiet.”


  On the window seat, I watch him download Minecraft for his two nephews.

Gerard Sarnat is the author of two critically acclaimed poetry collections, 2010’s “HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man” and 2012’s “Disputes.” His work has appeared or is forthcoming in eighty or so journals and anthologies.  Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s a physician who’s set up and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised, a CEO of health care organizations, and Stanford professor. For “The Huffington Post” review and more; visit GerardSarnat.com

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