Power Nap

By Gerard Sarnat

Nestled tightly among Guava Crib’s 
Four pillows, my grandson
Insists on at least an equal number of 
Favorite furry Lovies, 
The newest of which Liavy’s mom
Used but now renamed 
Bark instead of previous Big Doggy.

After rocking and a few old songs,
He seems to settle down
‘Til I hear, “Coachie, come back!” 
On monitor, then, “Need 
To make potty poo,” which we do
Followed by clean diaper, 
Requisite blueberries reward

Glass of VERY-cold-water — then hopefully sleep soon.

Gerard Sarnat MD has won San Francisco Poetry’s 2020 Contest, Poetry in Arts First Place Award/Dorfman Prizes and has been nominated for Pushcarts and Best of Net Awards; authored HOMELESS CHRONICLES, Disputes, 17s, Melting Ice King. He has been widely published, including by academic-related journals Stanford, Oberlin, Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Pomona, Brown, Penn, Dartmouth, Columbia, and University Chicago. His works have also appeared in Newark Public Library, Ulster, Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, Northampton Review, New Haven Poetry Institute, American Journal Poetry, Vonnegut Journal, 2020 International-Human-Rights-Art-Festival, Poetry Quarterly, and others.


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