The Other Half of Balki


I didn’t remember his name

No, that’s not true


Mark Linn-Baker


What a funny, unforgettable name

I didn’t care to remember it I

He didn’t matter to me


Really Mark Linn-Baker was just there

Archived in my brain

Alongside Tracey Gold and Ken Kercheval,

Todd Bridges and Lisa Whelchel,

Roxie Roker and the rest of the litany

Of not quite stars

That worked so hard to barely input themselves

On my consciousness


The lot of them hardly identifiable

As individual entities

Only who they pretended to be

Which for them, like me,

Was the only important reality


The masks we wear for better

And for worse

Define us and allow us

To define each other

Whether the me you think you know

Or Mark Linn-Baker


You remember him, right

Cousin Larry


The other half of Balki




© Gayle
Force Press 2002





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