Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A poem for today

The Pennycandystore Beyond the El

The Pennycandystore beyond the El
is where I first
     fell in love
          with unreality
Jellybeans glowed in the semi-gloom
of that september afternoon
A cat upon the counter moved among
              the licorice sticks
          and tootsie rolls
      and Oh Boy Gum

Outside the leaves were falling as they died

A wind had blown away the sun

A girl ran in
Her hair was rainy
Her breasts were breathless in the little room

Outside the leaves were falling
     and they cried
          Too soon! too soon!
"The Pennycandystore Beyond the El" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti from A Coney Island of the Mind. © New Directions Publishing, 1958. 

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