Presidents Day

My father was the President

of the Beth Israel Synagogue, formerly

in Ansonia, Connecticut before they raised

money for a new building and the synagogue

moved to Derby.  The old synagogue became

a Black Baptist Church.  There were many

disagreements about architectural details

and religiosity but in the end the building,

an ordinary looking structure with pew seats

and brass plaques from people who gave money

the building and what happened inside

Friday night services classes bar mitzvahs

the building and what happened inside

became the center of our life.  My father developed an ulcer

from the board of directors conflicts and there was

a period where he was drinking a lot of over the counter

ulcer medicine but the ulcer went away when

my Uncle Jack assumed the role.  What about

a woman President I asked my father so many years ago

and he didn’t want to tell me no so he said

One Day instead.

 

HAPPY HOUR CONVERSATIONS (THIS COULD BE A SERIES)

NOT LOVE

 

IN A HAPPY HOUR BAR LAST NIGHT

ALL DRINKS 5 DOLLARS WE DRANK

TEQUILLA WITH POMEGRANATE JUICE

WE’D  DRINK IT AGAIN I ASKED MY

DIVORCED FRIEND SARA ABOUT

HER RECENT DATES ON MATCH.COM.

WHO KNEW THERE WERE

SO MANY RETIRED DENTISTS

SARA SAID.

Last Night’s Writing Class

we talked about forgiveness women in the room

all did time called it the Injustice System

139 years the cumulative number for years they’d been in jail

courageous funny embraced one another they each brought

food for us all what they learned

we are none of us the worst acts we’ve committed

safer when we are together we spend a lifetime

learning forgiveness, and then love.

 

 

Last Night I Finally Had a Dream

even though I couldn’t sleep much

only a little never been a good sleeper

worse now maybe age maybe something I just don’t know

last night early morning really when I finally

fell asleep I dreamt  a Hasidic wedding was happening

in the small town where I lived and for some reason

I went with Alan Cummings and he said

I’ve never done this before and neither had I.

I Dreamt I Made a Movie

The whole story took place

in a wooden house on an ordinary street with

some oak trees not too many  family inside

were not thin funny enough there was

an unexpected murder on the street because I am not

good with plot and a murder is plot itself and this family

the Schneidermans took it upon themselves

to uncover the killer and motivations the woman who died

was Mrs. Israel she lived alone  what was unexpected

about this movie apart from the surprise of the perpetrator

was that on one side of the Schneidermans lived

Renee Zellweger and Jim Carrey and in one scene

Renee sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow, just as an aside.

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