Treasure Island

Aaron Fogel

(1947 - / New York City, New York)

The Man Who Never Heard of Frank Sinatra


The man who had never heard of Frank Sinatra: he lived
A perfectly ordinary life in America. Born in 1915,
He followed all the fads, read the newspapers, listened

To Television, knew who Dean Martin and Sammy whathisname
Were (Sinatra's friends), but somehow, by a one in a
Zillion fluke, whenever Sinatra came up, he was out of the room.

Or his attention was diverted by something else, and
(You will say this is impossible, that it cannot be), never
Heard him sing, like a man in my generation who somehow

Missed the Beatles though he had heard everything else.
Once, just as he was about to hear the name Frank Sinatra
A plane flew overhead--he was fifty-five years old--his hearing

A little more impaired. He had heard of Humphrey Bogart,
Of Elizabeth Taylor, of Walter Cronkite, and of perhaps a hundred
Forty thousand other celebrities names by the time he died,

And yet he had never heard of Frank Sinatra. The Greeks had
That famous saying, "The luckiest man is he who was never born."
Which is kind of gloomy, but I think they were wrong.

The luckiest man is he who never heard of Frank Sinatra.

Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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  • Jack Williams (8/24/2009 5:54:00 AM)

    The title piqued my interest and once I started I had to keep on reading. Very clever. (Report) Reply

  • Ravi Chandran (4/25/2007 4:42:00 AM)

    taht is a very great thinking of yours. you are really blessed with imagination and true use of words. i really enjoyed very much.
    please read my poems at www.poemhunter.com/ravi-chandran
    i will be very greatful if you comment me
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  • Ravi Chandran (4/25/2007 4:42:00 AM)

    taht is a very great thinking of yours. you are really blessed with imagination and true use of words. i really enjoyed very much.
    please read my poems at www.poemhunter.com/ravi-chandran
    i will be very greatful if you comment me
    \thank u keep it up. (Report) Reply

  • Louise Bizzari (1/2/2005 6:49:00 PM)

    Aaron I like your poem but I love Sinatra and listen to him often
    Aaron I am having a bad day, I've wasted my time trying
    to profile a poem, maybe the french are mad at us again who knows
    maybe they are mad at us and Bush who cares, maybe we didn't send
    them enough money, maybe we didn't send the world enough money
    dam them all..I'll listen to a little Sinatra if...you don't mind (Report) Reply

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