King Lear Remix

Old man’s wife dies in Memphis.
He moves back to the bayou
sits in a fishing cabin
for a year collects crickets.
In a short while develops
ALS. Cold ice. No cure.
He gets scared, lonely,
watches TV with his dog,
medical appointments,
doctors every Monday
until he fires the whole bunch,
tells them to go to hell.
The hospital doesn’t like
being treated by a big mouth.
What does he do? Calls the Vets,
orders Meals on Wheels. It
becomes harder to move, speak,
fill out bills. A daughter calls,
hasn’t seen the old bastard
since she got off her braces,
now she wants to nurse her dad,
but she’s no Cordelia, no,
fills out the paperwork
to transfer his accounts
to hers, money to water,
liquid capital flowing
to pay debts. Makes plans to
stick Lear in a nursing home.
She packs, drives him out-of-state,
takes away his cigarettes.

Two Places: Cross the Bay Bridge to Oakland, California and walk the bayous of Louisiana
Price(USD): $15.00

About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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