Monday, March 9, 2015

The ghost of Frank O'Hara—poem

Published in RATTLE back in Winter 2009.
The ghost of Frank O’Hara

The ghost of Frank O’Hara taps me on
the shoulder whispering
                                        and what about
the humor what about talks with the sun
and things that happen at the movies out
of sight of parents don’t forget the thirst
of being in Manhattan in the heat
and Coke the drink
                                remember too your first
love passion music though it might not come out
in words it’s there in you but I was sad
and said what good is humor in a poem
when people die Manhattan Fire Island
      bought falafels which we thought weren’t bad
and walked to Central Park for space and some
children were laughing and he said ask them

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