Varsha (Monsoon) 2021 Poems - Gerard Sarnat


Not Phil’s Sacred Sperm Spector
By Gerard Sarnat

When an impressionable boy avoiding Poppy’s figmented exploits
elsewhere, I accompanied him to project clinical investigator
protocol Kodachromes on the driest of lecture circuits.


Daddy appeared a juicy backslapper who brought an all-purpose
attaché case then emptied sweet fruits for others, particularly
women I conjured he met and inseminated on the garden path.


But back home it often seemed to me there was nothing left
for the family. Dad’s severe finely etched shock of hair
reminded me of a cross between Edison and Frost.


Over seared dinner when we were kids, Mommy pruned
the designated role she clung to as our desiccated scapegoat.
What specifics did she perceive? Condone? Pare? Care?


Did she think of leaving the cad? In truth outside the house
Mom was a substantial respected Associate Dean of the USC
School of Social Work with a coterie of women friends


whose professorial achievements preceded ballyhooed feminism.
As far as I could tell, she tolerated Pops’ fig leaf to keep us together.
Now that his cuckoldry’s been exposed, I marvel while Mom’s sham


clucks on and on and on about how much her supporting actress
romance with a leading man blossomed. And please do remember
I’ve constructed this conjectural fiction without an iota of evidence.


Gerard Sarnat from U.S. won San Francisco Poetry’s 2020 Contest, the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for handfuls of 2021 and previous Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is widely published including in Hong Kong Review, Tokyo Poetry Journal, Buddhist Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, Arkansas Review, Hamilton-Stone Review,Northampton Review, and other publications.


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