Rivka Met a Man

Childhood friend Rivka

met a man. He’s not Einstein.

He’s not Fred Astaire.

He’s not Elvis or Gandhi.

Practicing doctor, regular guy

divorced hematologist

two kids who are

more or less OK.

One won’t talk to Rivka

one doesn’t read.

She’ll marry him.

His name is Marvin Schline.

He is Pleasant Plus, she says.

He tries. He is

good natured.

He tells Rivka

he loves her.

She is 40. She’s ready

to settle. No more

waiting for Sam Shepard.