by Peter Waldor

Published in Issue No. 199 ~ December, 2013

No more schnitzel for Weaner,

his weight back down,

thanks to his new young wife.

Given the near certainty

of listening devices, the bravery

of his pitch amazes me.

I guess what’s wrong

with friends doing

business with friends?

Typical law office table,

glass on mahogany,

but long as a handball court.

Reproduction world map

as commissioned

by Lorenzo D’Medici.

If you are not too important

Weaner will face away

from the windows, so the sun

won’t strain his tired eyes.

It could be a cave with a fire

in the back and my host facing

away from the flames so he can

see if I am a friend, a good friend,

his gut tells him, he tells me,

I am a good friend.

How many are there in life,

we sincerely ask each other.

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Peter Waldor is the author of Door to a Noisy Room (finalist for the National Jewish Book Award), The Wilderness Poetry of Wu Xing and Who Touches Everything. He lives in New Jersey and works in the insurance business.