knock knock

for thirty five years
shave and a hair cut two bits
my father and i

shaving on one side
sensodyne on the other
knocking through the wall

singing in haiku
“i saw those harbour lights
knocking at my door”

paying him to sing
his birthday seventeenth
my birthday also

cherished brother three
they paid my father twenty
two dollars to sing

his favorite joke
two dollars to sing and
twenty to be quiet

yehudi was in
our “icebox” turning off light
refrigerator

you would have to guess
who’s on tv during dinner
“He’s on tonight”

tom jones glen campbell
kojak mannix columbo
barnaby jones

standing in doorway
on the way to dinner
dancing macarena

my mother’s cooking
makes you so happy you dance
before and after

even without salt
after his heart attack
i was ten years old

oven fried chicken
never having anything fried
still delicious

salt isn’t necessary
unless you have a
salt deficiency

and you can even
though it’s quite unheard of
these united states

II conscious pairings


show me a handsome man
and i’ll show you a woman
who loves him.

“show me a beautiful
woman i’ll show you a
man” who is tired.

six tiny birds
land on railing next to me
precise second

must remember me
yesterday fed rice krispie
cerael treats.

“what the heck was that
was windows xp skype
but how can it be

because you are here
yours doesn’t do that
helicopter taking off”.


what to buy the man
who has everything
a piece of the berlin wall.

sherman hemsley socks
but then HSN asks you
talk to sherman.

Camelflaged & other pairings


when camel camouflages
himself against sand
master cannot see.

lethargic camel
devising way to rest
in dictionary.

“send your camel to bed”
he’s not a “belly dancer”
or prancer.

it’s midnight do you
know where your camel is
wrapping hanukkah gift.


grandmother chased
uncle around the table
sweet potato pie.

daddy could eat
twenty potato pancakes
she counted one day.


excuse me can you
please stop a minute so i
can read your tattoo .

why do people have
writing across their neck
tiny lettering .