Moral Hazards

Grip ‘n grin money run, glad-hand fat-cats
down manhole cover-sized cuts

of sirloin, stogie chomp in Lazyboys
while constituents scratch out

hard times feeding their progeny
hot dog buns stuffed with toilet paper

plus god knows. Sewer lids stole,
sold for scrap, old men and ladies fall in.

About the poet: Gerard Sarnat is the author of two critically acclaimed poetry collections, 2010’s "HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man" and 2012’s "Disputes." His pieces have appeared or are forthcoming in over seventy-five journals and anthologies.  Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s been a physician who’s set up and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised, a CEO of health care organizations, and a Stanford professor. For "The Huffington Post" review of his work and more; visit

"Moral Hazards" will appear in my third collection, "17s," in which each poem, stanza, or line has seventeen syllables.