A OESTERREICHER - HIS OCCUPATIONS

lifeguard

soldier

editor

journalist

pee are man

real estate broker

teacher

taxi driver

gypsy trucker

telemarketer

and probably

a few other things

i have chosen

to forget

  

i was born a bankers son

when he died he was buried

in his only wornout suit

and i bounced a check

to pay for his funeral

  

i was also a rich womans son

she became a seamstress

and soloflying businesswoman

who went bankrupt after

taking my fathers advice

not to incorporate

she died on welfare

  

they had the usual human failings and mishaps

and of course i could have ended up in drancy too

but my face is not in the frontispiece picture

you no doubt hurried past

because you didnt understand what it was all about

or if you did it made you feel uncomfortable

to be alive

  

i only have visited one so called

holocaust museum      the wiesenthal

center in los angeles

the main exhibit a mini panorama of auschwitz

is surrounded endlessly by young praying frummies

  

theres nothing wrong with that

but i came out laughing and happy

all the other jews thought i was nuts

but i remember my fathers words

when we escaped

  

he said      HITLER GOT ROTHSCHILD BUT NOT ME

and laughed heartily

  

my mother and father were wonderful      their memory is a blessing

they prepared me quite successfully for my major occupation

for all these years      staying alive

DANKE DANKE LIEBER MUTTI AND FATTI

IHR SOHN ARTUR

(whom they name after philosopher arthur schopenhauer and
playwright arthur schnitzler      so you see i come by my shit honestly)

     

  

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