Fastidiously attired,

I move like a cat

ready to pounce.

Hollywood haircut,

glamorous glasses,

whitened teeth,

and spit-shined

alligator shoes.

With Carnegie’s

best one-liners,

I make my pitch,

with wisdom

in French, Farsi,

and Hebrew

from the Bible,

and Upanishads,


and a gold braid

of Godel Escher Bach.

The interviewer

bites his nails,

begins to sweat

and mumbles :

An elephant

on my chest,

the widow-maker,

and rolls over dead.

The interview ends.

Milton P. Ehrlich 199 Christie St Leonia, N.J. 07605