Young Love

Peter and I ran away together

When we were young, we

Rented a cheap room in Hell’s Kitchen and

Worked together at Brentano’s for $1.65 an hour

Minimum wage. We

Listened to jazz every night out on 47th street.

He wrote poetry about me

I drew portraits of him.

We had no money because our families were angry

About our precipitous love

And cut us off

But we were happy because

We felt like bohemian outlaws

Sleeping close to one another on a dirty mattress on the floor.

You have to understand

That Peter was raised in a stately mansion on Long Island

And I grew up in an apartment on the Grand Concourse

With wall-to-wall carpets.

For us

Poverty was as good as a circus.

About Karen To and Fro

Everything you didn't want to know about me!
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