by Gerard Sarnat

Mine not toddler perfect, marking
Ell’s hands spread icing on blackberry

cobbler, booboos don’t heal like magic.
Fungoid blue thumbnail shed each year,

codger tolerates the virginal
one that reincarnates below.

Till suddenly after decades, the
new replacement stays translucent.

A budding philospher of happiness — cognition no longer

dismissively lockstep against green cocoanut frosting — I’ve fallen

in love with oven self-cleaning in a less ascetic soul kitchen.

Quite unimpressed by my distinct inattention,
Elliot blows me

the raspberry
for us to begin putting on my birthday candles.

Gerard Sarnat is the author of two critically acclaimed poetry collections, 2010’s Homeless Chronicles from Abraham to Burning Man and 2012’s Disputes. He has been published in over 70 journals and anthologies.  Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s a physician who’s set up and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised, a CEO of health care organizations, and a Stanford professor. For The Huffington Post review of his work and more; visit

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