Curator of Life’s Artefacts

Curator of Life’s Artefacts

Poetry by Gerard Sarnat

September 30, 2022


Chimp trained as a vigorous general internist
In a much much earlier era

Before primary care medicine’s hollowed out
(Which having been an HMO

Takecare exec you take some responsibility for
But that’s whole ‘nother story)

Now well past my salad days, I am attempting
To help equally or older aged

Friends navigate their way through healthcare
System gives ‘em zilch support

Or resources needed to have a fighting chance
For achieving optimal survival.

Currently serve too many buddies + loved ones
Seem recently to have lost track

Of numbers…during spare time, mozy over to
Access personal options locally

Regards when partner (maybe Ger?) becomes
1st to require own out-of-home

Facilities: it suddenly occurs to me there is big
Premium if institution (ugh hate

Such concept!) for Senior Living as adjacent
Assisted Living, Memory Care

& then Skilled Nursing so whoever goes down
Those proverbial tubes 2nd can

Walk right next door to take care of/ continue to
Fancy spouse without necessity

To rely on ability to drive or someone else to do
In order to retain independence

Allows us not to be rushed visiting his/her mate.
Soon’ll review plans with our kids

Begin to understand options (one prefers crawl into
Hole, disappear; whereas other seeks

Thrive longside grand/children) — start negotiation.

Prayer Waiting-On Their
Pending PET Scan Results

Positron Emission Tomography
is one modern-day radioactive
quasi-coffinoid claustrophobic
truth serum that might detect
metabolic oy abnormalities
in y/ our suspect bodies
before a plain vanilla
MRI or CAT can:
tracers doggedly
course untamed
domains I hope
don’t come up
with negative
too big black
bad wolves

someone else’s kouta

ego disintegration

suddenly you do

not even have the slightest

idea who I was

Gerard Sarnat is a Harvard College and Medical School-trained physician who’s built and staffed clinics for the marginalized as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. Gerry has been nominated for the pending 2022 Science Fiction Poetry Association Dwarf Star Award, 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 2022 Awakenings Review, 2022 Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County Celebration, 2022 Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival Anthology, Lowestoft, Washington Square/NYU Review, The Deronda Review, Jewish Writing Project, Hong Kong Review, Tokyo Poetry Journal, Buddhist Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, Arkansas Review, Hamilton-Stone Review, Northampton Review, New Haven Poetry Institute, Texas Review, Vonnegut Journal, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, Monterey Poetry Review, The Los Angeles Review, and The New York Times as well as by Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Penn, Columbia, North Dakota, McMaster, Maine, University of British Columbia and University of Chicago presses. He’s authored the collections Homeless Chronicles: From Abraham To Burning Man, Disputes, 17s, Melting the Ice King. Currently he is devoting energy/ resources to deal with climate justice, and serves on Climate Action Now’s board. Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids plus six grandsons, and is looking forward to potential future granddaughters.

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