Here we are in this Odd Time
not the first and not the last
Moe told the story of the stranger who
slept on his couch in Williamsburg
his father was a seltzer deliverer his mother
couldn’t read or write they invited the stranger
with nowhere to live to sleep on their couch.
My mother made him a blanket said Moe.
The stranger lived with them for a year they bought
him glasses took him to the dentist he worked
for the FBI and turned them in the brothers all
lost their CUNY jobs. Now are you wary of strangers
I asked. You were a stranger he said.
Now you are a friend.