Monthly Archives: March 2020

Positively Bleeker Street

When I was 16 and an artist I would dress in black And take the subway From the Bronx to Greenwich Village To hang out. I carried a sketchbook and Rapidograph pen and drew Fellow passengers on the long ride … Continue reading

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Reading

When I read the Reader’s Digest cover to cover Each week And all the books on our shelves at home Peyton Place My Three Prisoners Van Loon’s Geography And many more My mother frowned. When I read the Saturday Evening … Continue reading

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Urning Your Love

I am dissatisfied with myself Petty, fat, ungraceful, soon to be dead And lightly mourned. I used to want a big celebration when I died With four white horses prancing down Main Street An obelisk and marble urns Wreaths of … Continue reading

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The Carriage Trade

When Katy was a baby And we lived on the Upper West Side She wore a bonnet And a pink hand-knitted outfit. I wheeled her up Broadway In a pram built like a cruise ship That had a convertible top … Continue reading

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Con Game

One day Peter and I Plotted a con game. I would lure a rich man somewhere With the promise of romance, but before anything could happen Peter would discover us and make a scene Until the unlucky target forked over … Continue reading

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To my Daughter

Let me say first about my daughter That she is beautiful and smart That she is compassionate and fair-minded Creative and forgiving Funny and loving. Let me say second That my judgment in this matter is not Influenced by our … Continue reading

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A Cough

You know I’ve been insouciant as anything Waiting out this virus Until I coughed Like I did last night Just as I was falling asleep A dry cough And I sat up in bed with my heart skittering The way … Continue reading

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