seaside feng shui

“walk it by yourself”
to the left and the right
sugar bear’s too tired

feng shui little boy
rearranging furniture
half size of my chair

what strength you have
tiny three year old moving every
chair except mine

everyone with their hat
feeling like i’m at the
kentucky derby

men charleston chapeau
women wear giant straw hats
pink over forty

my father always
“don’t you need a little hat”
well maybe i do

winter and summer
seven to thirty six years
i’m not starting now

even though last year
someone gave me a gift hat
rather have gift horse

large owner’s closet
someone left me new dog bowls
and a brand new leash

but there was no dog
looked everywhere for puppy
not one to be found

are you buying
someone else’s troubles when you buy
furnished condo

not like an old car
only problem getting rid of theirs
bring in yours

saxophone calling
“we’re in this world together”
come float with music

once i bought a hat
went to orthodox synagogue
rabbi said no

you want to marry?
no i certainly do not
i was just divorced

apparently
only married women wear hats
i’m conservative

of course not with hats
i purposely bought that hat
wear to orthodox

men and women can’t
sit together because men
can’t control themselves?

oh the mishegas
if i couldn’t sit with my
mother and father!

i would shoot myself
thank goodness born when i was
feel tallis tassels

orthodox parents
basically that’s all there was
when they were little

luckily they grew up
across the street from each other
in greenville

holding hands services
in the sixties after
conservative built

twenty years marriage
then they’re allowed to sit
together services

but not very long
only thirty nine years
til death destroys numbers

two days with mrs. bloom two

mrs. bloom said ohy
you with the dog in the bed
not another one

rabbi’s jealous cat
would not tolerate another
cat in his bed

she’s afraid of cats
locked in cages even on
my stationary

cold winter kitten
hiding next to synagogue
rabbi said take him

having kniption
kitten’s carrier in car
veterinarian

doctors wife ended
taking kitten as her own
rabbi saved the day

he didn’t have to
explain to his cat or my dog
a new brother.

II
“Oh Jack enough with the Singing”

she was late that day
taking me to services
jack responsible?

she said he “threw her
out of bed & said take errin
to services”

did not look before
she leapt and jack had left the
shower button up

hair extremely wet
a little annoyed with jack
an ohy jack moment

we listened as mechanics
fixed cars on NPR
one of us did

after services
Opera concentration
searching large new homes

very well rounded
everything under the sun
countless charities
_

after my father died, she took me to services on saturdays, for another year, while staying in greenville, the house i lived in since i was one year old.
just a few of her other interests:
“M A new york university,
medical records librarian at beth israel hospital in N .Y.
administrative assistant N.Y. university medical center,
director neighborhood youth corp,board mental health association,furman university learning in retirement,field representative NCJW…..many more than i can type.

i just learned mrs. bloom was 92 years old 2/21/10. col.bloom joining her in heaven less than three months later, 5/8/10.
also Col. Bloom , a “true southern gentleman” ,went to Furman university ,before Duke and becoming an attorney .i never knew he was a colonel, or that he went to furman.that might explain a speech he gave one day & he added there was one jewish family who had all of their sons (3) in WWII…and he said my grandmother’s name, my father & his two brothers,one a lt. col, uncle bubba.