A Sad Case
When a young acolyte hanged himself
and the family sued, entailing years
of litigation, Paul waned, and turned
to waitering at Tomasino’s.
Then just the few, from better days,
were vouchsafed his guru’s sayings -
whose rasped imprimatur he’d once heard as,
‘Be a Teacher, you’ll go far.’
‘You might open a pizza parlour,’
was in fact what the man said,
as I recall. Paul, in his youth,
enthused. Swept up, as were we all.
Dinner is Ruined
In La Fontaine’s version of Aesop’s fable,
the grasshopper (la cigale),
having sung all summer, come winter
finds nothing to eat. Where Aesop’s
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