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It’s World Poetry Day, So Here’s a Poem!

You know how we do ’round these parts–what with the taking ourselves way too seriously and all. Well that ain’t changing right now. Instead of some stupid rhymer about “all’s well that ends ale” or whatever, here’s a rumination by Frank O’Hara. Maybe it’s just cuz I’m all alone in a pretty big town, walking around, but I dig Frank O’Hara–always dig on Frank O’Hara.

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frank o'hara (Photo credit: m kasahara)

Personal Poem
by Frank O’Hara

Now when I walk around at lunchtime
I have only two charms in my pocket
an old Roman coin Mike Kanemitsu gave me
and a bolt-head that broke off a packing case
when I was in Madrid the others never
brought me too much luck though they did
help keep me in New York against coercion
but now I’m happy for a time and interested

I walk through the luminous humidity
passing the House of Seagram with its wet
and its loungers and the construction to
the left that closed the sidewalk if
I ever get to be a construction worker
I’d like to have a silver hat please
and get to Moriarty’s where I wait for
LeRoi and hear who wants to be a mover and
shaker the last five years my batting average
is .016 that’s that, and LeRoi comes in
and tells me Miles Davis was clubbed 12
times last night outside BIRDLAND by a cop
a lady asks us for a nickel for a terrible
disease but we don’t give her one we
don’t like terrible diseases, then
we go eat some fish and some ale it’s
cool but crowded we don’t like Lionel Trilling
we decide, we like Don Allen we don’t like
Henry James so much we like Herman Melville
we don’t want to be in the poets’ walk in
San Francisco even we just want to be rich
and walk on girders in our silver hats
I wonder if one person out of the 8,000,000 is
thinking of me as I shake hands with LeRoi
and buy a strap for my wristwatch and go
back to work happy at the thought possibly so

Source: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20393

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