(homage to esteemed psicólogo, John Gottman)
Eddie tended to drift into whatever jobs were available that would pay their El Paso rent. Each time laid off, he lay on a dilapidated couch at home all day. Inevitably there was mucho trouble that involved his esposa. Intrigued with the opening line, “Todas las familias felices se parecen unas a otras; pero cada familia infeliz tiene un motivo especial para sentirse desgraciada” Eduardo devoured chapter after chapter of Anna Karenina while looking for a work gig. After finishing all of Señor Leo’s tomes, Ed turned to self-help books trying to fix their life’s marital strife. Unenthusiastically at first, the wife read them thoroughly. Muy serious, they concluded Gottman was right: happy marriages are built around similarities and differences but then are sustained by ratios of micro-expressed positive bids / negative cues that nosotros offer as joyful gifts or sour triggers to our partners. The hombre’s trabajo yielded dividends till Ed went for brews with a bud. “Shit’s gott ya man, particularly how you ‘n’ your half-assed contemptible stonewalling bitch don’t kiss, get down, do the deed together.” Mañana hangover, recalling only the word “wall” from the bar, Eduardo went to the border-crossing where he signed up for good wages to build El Presidente’s campaign promise that’d keep his mother-in-law out.
Gerard Sarnat MD’s authored HOMELESS CHRONICLES (2010), Disputes, 17s, Melting The Ice King (2016). He’s published by Gargoyle, Margie, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia. Mount Analogue selected KADDISH for pamphlet distribution nationwide on Inauguration Day. His poem was chosen for his 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium; the Advocate accepted a second piece.