"You think too much--clever people and grocers,
they weigh everything."
--Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
Socrates, my barber, once jumped ship,
Spent an eye-opening week in the States,
Now knows all about the New World
And how things work in it,
Tells me Taxes was great. Taxes? Hell, I all but blurt out
You mean Texas, you dumb Greek, but stop--
The stropping of that blunt,
Anachronous Old World tongue
Raises a new cut to things
As I settle in, he works up
A timely lather,
I sweat out his tip.
(First published in Arabesques Review, v.2, issue 4)