Patience…

I don’t recall Hans ever being angry with me, but I do remember that the poor guy was bored with some of the outings we took because of my work. Then, again, he did correct some of my expressions I’d picked up in my childhood.

I’M SURE, AT TIMES, I DID TAX HIS PATIENCE.

My mom immigrated to Canada from Russia and picked up English and French. I picked up some of her sentence structures. Although Hans had immigrated to the U.S. from Vienna himself and English wasn’t his first language, he spoke and wrote it perfectly. Let’s face it, the guy was smarter than me — and funny — and I’m sure, at times, I did tax his patience.

Poor Hans accompanied me to many events I had to cover. The other day when I found this poem and reread it, I laughed. I hope you get a kick out of it too.

HANS ACCOMPANIED ME TO MANY EVENTS I HAD TO COVER. THEY WEREN’T ALWAYS GREAT.

P A T I E N C E .

Who? Whom?

When she says ‘who’ instead of ‘whom’
I do not send her to her room,
I patiently correct her once,
or twice, or thrice. She’s not a dunce.
And tell her when it’s ‘may’ – not ‘can’.
I am, indeed, a patient man.

When she invites me to a bash
and all I get is turkey hash
and then, for breakfast, Decaf, brewed,
have I complained, lamented, sued?
Invoked the bible, the Koran?
No, I’m indeed a patient man.

When I was dragged to ‘Dead Man’s Gulch’,
that gross, dung-aggregated mulch
of cinematographic Kitsch.
Was I observed to gripe, to bitch?
No – come and go, ten blocks I ran
I am a very patient man.
By God, I am a patient man.

I AM, INDEED, A PATIENT MAN.

When she broke up my mountain weekend
when manage-editing had freakened
my well deserved week’s recreation
with job-caused crass abomination.
Did I kick her in the can?
No – I’m a very patient man.
I am, indeed, a patient man.

25 thoughts on “Patience…

    • Yes, a VERY patient man to put up with me!! And, yes, I did get to visit Russia, which I found fascinating not only because of my heritage, but because of my interest in history. Check out my old post: Reflections on Reincarnation, April 21, 2013. You may find it interesting. All the best. Muriel

      • We also want to visit the country. There is also a book with name “Red Russia” we read few years back, kind of funny. Will definitely check our your old post.

  1. The last picture cracked me. Patient men surely look like this, haha! Hans seems to be a humorous guy! Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem, Muriel 😀

    • I found those photos on the internet, but yes, that’s how a bored guy looks. I dragged poor Hans to performances which weren’t always wonderful because I covered the arts for newspapers at that time. He was a good sport about it. Love, Muriel

  2. Ah, we were a twosome for many years. I feel lucky to have had him in my life. Now that I am older, I’m going through my papers to have less for my children to have to go through later. Thanks for your interest. Muriel

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