Fall/Winter 2013

Hal Sirowitz


They say faith can move
mountains, father said. But
I haven’t seen what you
moved lately. You can’t  

even move yourself out
of the house. I blame therapy.
It doesn’t help to talk about
your problems. Look at me.  

My life is one big problem –
your lack of initiative. But do
you see me always talking
about it? Only once in a while –  

like right now – when you need
a little push. When was the last
time you earned some money?
It must have been before they  

put Lincoln on the penny. Just
kidding. You weren’t around then.
And it’s a good thing. There were
no government handouts.  

You either worked or you starved.

Hal Sirowitz is the co-winner of the NoirCon 2012 Poetry Contest, judged by Robert Polito. He had a new collection of poetry "Stray Cat Blues." Selected older poems were published in Portuguese.



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