"A Poem About Nothing" by Gail Bello

I watched Seinfeld in the womb

And was raised on its syndication.

I memorized quotes that make my dad

Turn red with laughter.

On days where the tremors tell him

“No soup for you!”

On days when the pills don’t work enough and all he needs is

 “Serenity now!”

On days when his personality changes to a person I’d tell hey!

“The jerk store called, they’re running out of you!”

Seriously, where’s my dad and who replaced him with a

“Pig Man Jerry, Pig Man!”?

And he won’t blame the Parkinson’s for all of his difficulty at work, but hey,

“It’s not a lie if you believe it.”

He’s going on disability soon.

“Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

I greet him at the door when he gets home.

“Hello… Newman.”

He laughs once more.

Those quotable moments,

“They’re real and they’re spectacular.”