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THE WALL BUILDER

 

by Jerry Vilhotti

 

Ever since I had known my parents they bickered; always taking opposite sides of an issue; using their words like needles against one another as if mending all the bad things they had done to one another; hoping a new whole cloth would emerge to stop their hostilities.
 
One time they really scared me when I thought they were going to fall into a death grip One upon the Other.  I was not even a teenager yet and tried to get in between them –nearly being squished to death!  It began when my mother told him he had done a real stupid thing when he painted the wall pink that he had built for three weeks after coming home from work in the chemical factory that every so often had explosions going off—keeping all the workers on their toes.

The workers had signed their union contract that promised since they all would take a  four dollar an hour cut in their wages and the company promised to forever pay theirs and their family's health care needs too but did not.

 

While I was in their midst—my mother had to add that all the other walls he had built on the street looked better than his own wall which was really true in that my father took great pride in his work which he did for other people—was when he went into his Cincinnati pitcher's Ewell Blackwell's windup sending his half full cup of coffee against our white kitchen wall creating an image that looked like a group of people looking at us with distorted shocked expressions.  

 

 I cried which made them stop "fighting.”

 

 

 

All the Broken Dolls

 

by Jerry Vilhotti

 

 

“I did want you to become and it made no difference that another mouth to feed during the days of little food made no difference to me and I also wanted your older brother Tommy Tom-Tom to be born whole, though God put a bad sign on him when he was six months old, giving him polio, and God also took our Nina when she was four years old, fourteen years before you were born, of the poor people’s disease called diphtheria,” the mother said.

 

She did not tell him she thought the Divided States of Scam populated with so many people with no souls, heart, and compassion whom she called half-men and half-women, was going to swallow them all up with guns, shooting young children who would look like broken dolls.

 

Dead. Dead. Dead.

 

 

 

Jerry Vilhotti:

 

I graduated from the only college that won the NIT and NCCA basketball tournaments in the same year but more importantly than that—Jonas Salk who helped rid some of the world of polio with his vaccine was also given the opportunity to contribute to Mankind and graduated from the same NYC school that's called in some circles: "The
poor man's Harvard." This, and the fact that there was a place of higher learning that indeed gave every race, nationality, and creed an opportunity to play in the game of sculpting a better world gives me greater joy.

To use a lame analogy: I was a pretty good ballplayer in my day: I could hit singles, doubles, and triples, and sometimes home runs! I hit balls for fly outs or ground outs and sometimes I even struck out! That's how I feel like a writer—no more, no less.

 

 
 

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