Covid Poems

Wheel Of Fortune

During our Vietnam war, safely tucked in
training, Jewish MDs voyeured short
lived Soldier of Fortune magazine devoted
to mercenaries after it was founded by
unperturbed returned Special Forces’ Green
Berets who made a ma$$ive killing.

Half-century later during COVID contagion,
I peruse Forbes/New Yorker adverts for  
private airplanes, bunkers, islands aimed at
the .1% who’ve now taken over almost
everything from way when back then when
appeared that middle class might thrive.




I don’t usually get so mad, but am.

Instead of being those golden years
to spend with precious grand/children,
my wife and I are isolated in our cabin

although it’s sure way better than being 
familyless without homes during winter.




Dearest Beverly Hills High School Class of 1963 friends,
do you realize if our COVID curve continues 
to resemble Italy’s

we like their elders likely will not qualify for respirators 
except for the lucky few of us who have built
ICU suites a casa.
But since it is a bit difficult to adjust one’s own ventilator
if intubated plus sedated, I also just purchased
an anesthesiologist.

And tough luck to those on the other coast where Governor
Cuomo’s on TV talking about buying machines
for vacant synagogues.


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Gerard Sarnat is a physician who’s built and staffed current homeless and ex-prisoner clinics as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. Currently Gerry is devoting energy/ resources to deal with global warming. Sarnat won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for a handful of recent Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is widely published in academic-related journals (University Chicago, Stanford, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Pomona, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, Penn, New Mexico, University of San Francisco) plus national (Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, MiPOesias, American Journal Of Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, Free State Review, Poetry Circle, Poets And War, Cliterature, Qommunicate, Indolent Books, Pandemonium Press, Montana Mouthful, Texas Review, Boston Literary Review, pacificREVIEW, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, The Los Angeles Review and The New York Times) and international publications including Review Berlin and New Ulster. He’s authored the collections Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), Melting the Ice King (2016). Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids, six grandsons and looking forward to future granddaughters.