Brother, Can You Spare The Time?

Brother, Can You Spare The Time?

To be fully present
for the sensation of a moment
where you can discover what lies
behind the human masquerade,
and have the chance to make
everything in your life new again.
You’ll uncover grief, sorrow and passion
in the sensing of the body armor.
The tragic spiritual mediocrity
and emptiness of the soul
of our culture exposed in the flesh.
Everyone wears a mask to hide the truth
about their feelings, but the body doesn’t lie.
Ponder the color of a meadow
with the gifted eyes of Van Gogh
and you will never give up painting.
Taste a bowl of bouillabaisse
with the tongue of Julia Child
and you will never stop cooking
creative dishes on your own.
Listen to the thrill of music
with the unique hearing of Mozart
who kept the world in tune,
and you’ll resume practicing piano
like you never did before.
Explore the skin of a woman’s body
as if you were reading braille
and you will discover what
she wants you to know.
Inhale the scent of a flower
with the nose of a perfumer
and you will learn why we
must have more flowers.


Milton P. Ehrlich, Ph.D. is an 89-year-old psychologist and a veteran of the Korean War. He has published poems in The Antigonish Review, London Grip, Arc Poetry Magazine, Descant Literary Magazine, Wisconsin Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times.

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