Poetry, Grades 10-12: Second

Sure, You Can Ask Me a Personal Question — Isaac Mintzer

Yeah, the buffet does look nice.
Yeah, I am hungry, but there is nothing I can eat.
No, I don’t have allergies.
No, I am not a vegetarian.
I keep kosher.
It’s a set of Jewish dietary laws.
No, my family does not grow out our sideburns.
No, we don’t wear kippahs all the time.
No, we don’t all have curly hair.
Yes, we are normal.
We don’t have horns.
Don’t worry about it.
I don’t remember if it hurt.
Yes, I was just a baby.
Oh, so you’ve had a Jewish accountant?
That clever?
Oh, so you like bagels?
That frequently?
Yeah, it was awful how many people died.
It’s not your fault.
No, I don’t know where you can find a good lawyer.
No, I buy my bagels at Bruegger’s.
Thank you. Your necklace is also nice.
No, my grandmother didn’t buy the Star of David, I did.
Yes, the chain is nice.
I bought it at Walmart.
Yeah. Uh-huh. Kneidlach.
Uh-huh. Yeah. Gefilte fish. Uh-huh. No
Pork. Yeah. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Mom’s cooking.
No, I can’t give you a loan.
No, my family isn’t rich.
Yes, Madoff was Jewish.
Some people are crooks.
You’re right, my nose is a little big,
but you’re being awfully nosey yourself.