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A Fistful Of Fives (essay)

A Fistful of Fives         2015 is a number rooted in 5 (51) and haunted by 25 (52); my life has likewise been rooted and haunted, and this was the year in which I would either vanquish or succumb to … Continue reading

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You Kill Me (song lyrics)

You Kill Me by Mark Zucker   I can’t have ya but ya haunt me cuz I want ya cuz ya kill me   The pressure of your essence Makes it stressful to stay present Hard to say just something … Continue reading

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The Work of the Teachers (song lyrics)

The Work of the Teachers (original lyrics, based on the Irish folk  tune “The Work of the Weavers”)   Now teaching is a trade that never should be lost Unless you’re unafraid of ignorance’s cost The future’s being made the … Continue reading

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Come Inside (song lyrics)

(listen to the song in Music)   I’m cruising in my junker feeling like I’m running low on air, low on air How’s a man to find a pumper in the middle of god knows where, god knows where First … Continue reading

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Graceful Exits (a tersely-told tale)

(lyrics narrated with musical accompaniment) So I’m walking down the street and who do I run into but Tony the T and frankly I’m wishing I’m somewhere else but all I can do is act naturally pleased at the happy … Continue reading

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The AllMart FamilySafe Security Chip (an opportunity)

The AllMart FamilySafe Security Chip , brought to you by The Collective Boards (of Directors I’m so glad you could come in today. Do sit down. As you know, I’m the CEO of AllMart, and a representative member of the … Continue reading

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Lord a-Mighty, I Mean to Teach (lyrics)

(lyrics by Mark Zucker, to the old traditional tune “11 Cents Butter”) Call me a commie, a zealot, or fool I got me a job in a public school I heard about the pay and I heard about the stress … Continue reading

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The Work of the Teachers (lyrics)

(words by Mark Zucker, to the tune “The Work of the Weavers”) Now teaching is a trade That never should be lost Unless you’re unafraid of ignorance’s cost The future’s being made The past is being tossed To learn from … Continue reading

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Again (song lyrics)

I can’t believe it’s happening again Lost another part of me again Something inside’s loosening again Set adrift upon the sea again Again Again Again Again I can’t stop this from happening again Here I am upon my knees again … Continue reading

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That’s the Way (song lyrics)

You thought it looked cool So you bought it like a fool Left to fight a futile duel ‘Bout which o’ you’s the tool Cuz it started freaky fun, But that sure was quickly done And all too soon you’s … Continue reading

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Speech from Eric Zucker’s Memorial (speech)

Mark Zucker’s speech from the memorial: As everyone knows, Eric Zucker was larger than life. He was a great man, a phenomenal friend, a beautiful brother, a devoted son, a loving husband, and a doting father. But what I want … Continue reading

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Just Stop (monologue)

(grieving father enters room to see two sons reading the newspaper) What are you doing?.. What on earth do you think you’re doing?. Talking, smiling, reading the funny papers as if nothing has changed……How dare you? Have you forgotten? What’s … Continue reading

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Sir, Nothing to Report, Sir (poem)

I was determined To strive for fulfillment Of my mission with unredoubtable sincerity and fortitude   My efforts could only be regarded as utterly diligent yet they proved to be truly ultimately futile   Despite my resolve I was unable … Continue reading

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Brothers (story)

Mornings were the hardest time. He lay in bed far too long and that made it worse. Usually he forced himself to bound out of bed upon first awakening to avoid the dreadful malingering; otherwise, his dreams would hover over … Continue reading

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4:31 AM (monologue)

   4:31…too early…no, too late…. so tired, can’t sleep…. nothing but hard……..think of something else…nothing but time to burn in my mind…..I’m walking down the street….flowers…..go to a market….there she is…. a woman …….glances at me…….tingling smiles…..no, no, don’t bother……just … Continue reading

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Telling Truths (essay)

I’d just like to take this opportunity to encourage you to share yourself with the world. If you have a poem, write it down. If you have a song, sing it out. Take a chance, there’s nothing to be ashamed … Continue reading

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Eternal Recurrence and the Illusion of Will (essay)

Sometime in the past, just before the Big Bang, the entire sum of the matter in the universe was concentrated at an incredibly dense and massive point in space. While thoroughly dense by any measure one can imagine, this seed … Continue reading

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Happiness ( a memory)

Ping pong pang ping ping! Zringggg! Like a harp’s glissando to announce the arrival of angels! After each player’s turn, older son Dimitri would play a little melody and younger son Solomon would strum the $5 zither we’d bought in … Continue reading

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Clockwork Conversation (phone monologue)

   Hello?……….Just like clockwork, I swear, I was just thinking about you………How have you been?………Same, same, you know, can’t complain……….It’s just so great to hear from you……….yeah, it’s just amazing how the time flies…………..yeah, and then the people you know … Continue reading

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That’s You (song lyrics)

I lost myself when I found the one (that’s you, that was you) Caught in orbit by a sinking sun (that’s you, that was you) I stood transfixed by a ticking bomb (that’s you, that was you) That blew me … Continue reading

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I Got You (song lyrics)

Don’t need no key Ain’t got a door I’ve left the building Forevermore No need for nothing To hold onto Cuz I got you   Don’t need no shovel Ain’t got a hole Don’t need a temple A-housing up my … Continue reading

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Ball and Chain (song lyrics)

(listen to song in Music)   Got me free just to make myself a slave Pickin’ up steam down a track smack to my grave Put my shoulder to my load, put my faith in the American Way Just another … Continue reading

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Lord A-Mighty, I Mean to Teach (song lyrics)

Call me a commie, a zealot, or fool I got me a job in a public school I heard about the pay and I heard about the stress But I was on a mission, man, I gotta confess See, I … Continue reading

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The Perfect Soup Demands The Finest Ingredients (essay)

Soup is to be consumed; no one dare doubt this elemental fact.  However, the simplicity of the word ‘soup’ belies the enormity of what is addressed as one considers this substance with which we fill our bowls. Consumption, too, seems … Continue reading

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Eye to Eye (monologue)

(sidling up to me as I walk, the small-time hood unwinds….) Hey, yo, c’mere, chill out, I’m not like these guys, I’m not trying to get over on you… Check it out, walk with me, my man, I’m tellin’ ya, … Continue reading

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