Poem of the Month: Recipe

When asking for something big

the survival of a loved one or a love

chutzpah ought to share the stage

with supplication

like Jerry Lewis late in the telethon

when he’d loosen his tie

and stagger-swagger hoarsely

through a sentimental song.

Even Jesus waiting in the garden

for betrayal

complained, recalcitrant

if only for a bit

humility at odds

with the yen to escape

to thrive


“Recipe” was published in the journal, Poetry Motel, Kailua-Kona, HI, 2004.

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