Tiki

by Samuel De Lemos

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I’m perplexed as a Jew.
Even though I’m
well read in the
Mosaic Laws.

There’s a strict
prohibition
against
idolatry.

A few years back
I got the coolest
gift, a tiki statue
from the Hawaiian
Islands.

I didn’t have
the heart
to say no, to
a person who
loves me so
much that on
their vacation
they thought
of me.

They knew I was
into Tiki bars.

I’ve kept the
little idol
tucked away
with my Marine
nutcrackers.

I guess we all
have little idols
tucked away
somewhere.

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