BIFOCAL LAUGHTER and 3 SPEED PEDDLER #poetry by jay

Don’t beg me to enlighten and entertain that intellectual
old man who was your professor, or may well have been 
on his bike pedal/ peddling/ mingling on your stoop 

charming you to listen to his worldly
knowledge and the reading of his little book 
on astrology and moons.

He once gave you a reading 
typed on rice paper
cut, bound and glued,
a tiny thumb-book 

gifted— 
as clever as his bifocal laughter and 3 speed
peddler/ tooting his horn for your glamor
and youth. 

Who made him the boss of you?

©Jay Mora-Shihadeh

Photo by Brett Sayles

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