Spaghetti with Dad and Mr. Spock

Home from school again today,
“Feeling sick?” says my Dad.
I sniffle, a juvenile thespian with
Maybe some kind of cold coming on,
And a nod is all I need; Dad says:
“You should probably stay home.”

Curled up with my books, I drowse
Until the telltale pasta pot
Taps the stove; Dad wonders
If I’d like macaroni and tomato juice
Or maybe some spaghetti with the
Diminutive meatballs only he makes.

Dad’s day-off ritual culminates
In whatever Star Trek we taped
The previous night, and well before
The histrionic singer hits that note
I’m a caterpillar on the couch,
Hot bowl of noodles in my hands.

What’ll we see today, Dad? Apollo?
Or the Tribbles, or Trelane?
Or Jack the Ripper or Harcourt
Fenton Mudd, or the Horta, or
Pregnant Julie Newmar, or maybe
The Gunfight at the OK Corral?

What happens to Kirk? Who cares
As long as Mr. Spock is there
To reason, doubt, and analyze,
Unafraid of the bitter choices,
And absurd costume changes,
Required to see the mission through?

Or will it be that sad episode
Where he must break the heart of that
Smart Romulan lady captain,
Or leave Jill Ireland in paradise,
After hanging like a fool from a tree;
It seems logic always has its price.

But no it’s my favorite: “Mirror, Mirror”
And I get to see Uhura with a dagger,
A louche scarred Sulu, and best of all
Bearded Spock, still the wise one,
His Luciferian logic intriguing
His clean-shaven counterpart.

Thanks, Dad, I might just nap here,
Full of spaghetti and meatballs and
Questions about alternate universes
And moralities; perhaps in the Mirror
Universe every kid stays at home
To get a quality education.


Dedicated to Leonard Nimoy (March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015)

18 thoughts on “Spaghetti with Dad and Mr. Spock

  1. I’ve watched all of the old Star Trek shows a great many times but it’s been many years since I’ve watched them. I think I need to watch them yet again. Henry’s spaghetti and meatballs were the best.


    1. Agreed on all counts! I was lamenting that we didn’t have any of the old series on DVD but realized lots of people have posted whole episodes on Youtube so I watched “Mirror Mirror” last night, and “A Piece of the Action” (“I would advise yous ta keep dialin’, Oxmix!”) O brave new world. 🙂


  2. Hi Doll, such an evocative piece, times were so different back in day and comforting on so many levels! Perhaps, because the Spock character was always. Or so it seemed, devoid of the bullshit that us humans drag along for the ride, are you listening Captain, made him such a COOL guy, he stayed calm while the drama queens ran about, arms waving madly! Go forth to a far, far better place and sleep in peace.LLAP 😎

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