Juror Poem #1: Instinct

Frog faced and large He worked in security Divorced "I live alone" he said, finally Salt and pepper hair Short around the ears and neck Black suit -- cheap No tie When asked by the impossibly-nasal-voiced prosecutor Could he judge the case based on the evidence He replied "I have a friend in human resources …

Sondheim makes me sad

Watching the Sondheim documentary on the plane. That was a mistake. During this scene from Pennebaker's movie I had legitimate concern that I would make a spectacle of myself by loud, gulping sobs. It is not possible to react with silent, tasteful tear rolling down the cheek. It is not that kind of art. I …

The Eagles

We were driving south on the Harbor Freeway when I saw the marquee announcing that the Eagles were coming in January to the Forum. It was early December. I said to my wife, “If you wanted to get me a nice present for Christmas, I would like to go see the Eagles.” Why the Eagles? …

The woman in the camel hair coat

I still think about her, probably 20 years later. She was riding on the Lexington Avenue line downtown, the local. She was brunette, white, not much older than me. Maybe even the same age as me, but not the same economic class, that’s for sure. She may even have gone to the same Ivy League …