Esther Cohen Stories

 

 

 

 

Peter gets

Google Alerts

every time

Esther Cohen

appears online.

I am

constantly

aware

of many Esther Cohen

activities.

 

One Esther Cohen

got considerable

Google mention

Leonard Cohen’s

beloved sister Esther

she loved him vociferously

so she was often in the news

when she recently died

this particular Esther Cohen

got enough press to satisfy

even her.

 

On occasion I write

to other Facebook

Esther Cohens.

They rarely

respond. One,

older religious woman

living in Brazil

unhappily married

hard of hearing, she

was not much

of a correspondent.

 

Today’s Google alert

Esther Cohen

wrote a book called

Epidermis.

We don’t

seem to have

much in common.

 

 

HANDSOME

 

 

 

 

Ling in class today

said that what saved her

when she

came from China

what saved her said Ling

she has two children

once a laundry worker

now she works

in a costume jewelry shop

Ling’s two children

dentist doctor

she is proud

but what saved her she said

was her Pit Bull.

Handsome as Cary Grant

said Ling. She named him

Handsome. Strangers

stop her. What

a handsome dog.

What’s his name?

Handsome

Ling answers.

Everyone laughs.

Because

it is almost the end of March

and because it is Still Cold

I can see snow in the park

alongside buds

Larry G said last week

there are always buds

no matter what else happens

and because a part of me knows

hope sits alongside all else

even Benjamin Netanyahu

we will so many of us

continue to try

and because it is almost the end

of March and the first

poem I remember ever writing

there were others but this

is the first I remember, from

Peck Grammar School

When spring comes

can we spring too?

The Triangle Fire, or Today

 

 

 

We remember

young girls

jumped out the window

every year school children

place flowers right there

why do we remember

yesterday we

talked about

what we should

remember maybe knowing

helps us understand

to make sure

this won’t happen again.

 

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, or Today

 

 

We remember

young girls

jumped out the window

every year school children

place flowers right there

we remember what happened

why do we remember

yesterday we

talked about

what we should

remember maybe knowing

helps us understand

how to make sure

this won’t happen again.

 

Question from Peter

Peter listens

to public radio

in bed every morning.

Today he heard

a story about

a Korean reality show

where one woman

slurps noodles

for 3 hours

every night.  As she’s eating

people  comment

on the screen if she

slurps a nice noodle.

Or if she doesn’t.

It’s a very popular show.

Would you rather

watch the slurping

noodle woman or

Katrina Van den Heuvel

Peter asked.

I know my own

answer.

More or Less

 

 

Part One

 

 

I’ve gotten a few

meditation apps

(CALM on my Iphone

an oxymoron)

read articles

advocating less

the world

reduced to

a wave or tree.

Some people say

when you

get older that’s the time

to get rid

of the bright green

leather coat you

wear once

a year.

 

Not me.

 

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