Hard to believe three people I love
have birthdays today and so did Richard Nixon.
In college I met Bruce he’s from West Brookfield
Massachusetts and although
I’ve tried To Describe Him often
I never could capture the Bruce of Bruce.
A woman named Ellen two ex Italian husbands
Bruce is half Italian is helping him with his mail.
He’s legally blind. She said Bruce is the most charming person
I have ever met. I asked if he could be cranky.
Of course she said. That’s part of his charm.
I met Edite born in Germany years ago when Aryeh an Israeli book
publisher and philosophy teacher was staying on our
couch while meeting American literary agents to buy
rites for Israel. Edite represents Shel Silverstein.
Aryeh came home and said She’ll Be Your Friend for Life.
So I met her and she is.
Michelle Miller is younger. Nina who is excellent
at hiring people hired Michelle. Nina knew she was
gifted could help workers in very
large ways and she did and she does and she will.
The first time we were together years ago
in Las Vegas at a union conference a group sat at a big
table. Everyone fell asleep right there except Michelle
and me. She’s from West Virginia and I asked her
about herself. My birthday’s January 9 she said.
I wasn’t surprised.