How the Other Half Lives

by Jerry Ratch


Most of life, it

turns out,

is pathetic.

Very little is funny.


We have to generate our

own laughter.

Canned laughter

may have to do.


Even if we have to carry

the can around our neck

like a Saint Bernard

or strapped to our

hip like a mother 

with a 2-year old brat

who's acting up.


When they asked,

Didn't I want to see how the other half lives?

my only response was,

“The other half of what?”