Laura Bronstein Goes for Broke (Compromismo/7)

by Mark Chmiel

Because she’d gotten close to Henry
I got to learn more about Laura Bronstein

She returned to Israel
To the chagrin of her conservative family members

She wasn’t going to sit around and be polite
And think about herself and make more shrewd investments for her retirement

Although she was persona non grata in some circles
She knew lots of people and lots knew her

Oddest thing though
She went everyday to a church for an hour

This went on for a few weeks
Provoking predictable gossip and even character assassination

And then she stopped gong to the church
And people noticed something different about her

It was something about her eyes
They were “so, so, so clear” Maxine said

She sent Henry a one-line email:
“I know what I must do”

 

–from novel-in process, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris

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