Lemon Garnished Fried Phish Stories ~ poetry by Gerard Sarnat

“In the movies the pirañas eat the people, in reality the people eat the pirañas.”

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After being interviewed May 2,
2018, a former Trump aide
told CNN* about Bob Mueller’s
team, “It’s clear they are still
really focused on Russia
collusion,” Michael Caputo
said, adding, “They know
more about [the President’s]
campaign than anyone who
ever worked there. “The Senate
and the House are net fishing.
The special counsel is spear
fishing. They know what they’re
aiming at and are deadly accurate.”

Above may be true, but I recall piranha
fishing dangling raw hamburger bait
from a canoe on a backwater pond
during back home’s Nixon Watergate
investigation, that though novices,
we were able to harpoon diminutive
red-bellied predators with tightly
packed interlocking bladelike
serrated teeth not because of
either experience or precision
but because these tiny fish were
so plentiful – sort of like one of
those tins of stinking sardines –
it was just impossible to miss.


Gerard Sarnat’s been nominated for Pushcarts, won prizes and is widely published including by Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and in Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, MiPOesias, Brooklyn Review, and LA Review. Kaddish for the Country was selected for pamphlet distribution on Inauguration Day nationwide. “Amber Of Memory” was the single poem chosen for his 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium. Collections: Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), Melting the Ice King (2016).  Gerry’s a physician who’s built/staffed homeless clinics, and a Stanford professor/healthcare CEO who’s been married since 1969 with three kids plus four grandkids and more on the way. www.gerardsarnat.com.

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