for Howard Orr
Refer to Pavarotti as your friend.
Listen to him often.
Try to live the way he sings.
Give everyone A’s in everything.
Never be afraid of your hair
or what others might say about it.
Prefer levity to pomposity.
Make up wonderful lies
especially to stupid questions.
Love good food and drink.
Carry a rusty briefcase
or a red knapsack.
Make satirical weathervanes.
Wear outrageous socks.
From The Alleluia Tree (The Puddin’head Press, 2012).
Used here with the author’s permission.