Harvey

The bean counter bought coffee..  talked of life’s disappointments….a   son of the new Millennium…. I don’t like the girl, the jew said, she’s fat….unattractive, it was pointed out that Harvey was no matinee idol…. She weighs 300 pounds….he could do better….it’s money….he loves her money, he stretched and sipped; gave his wrinkled face a shake, […]

McDonald’s Blues

33rd and Fashion….peering down on people…looking up at commerce….Uncle Cracker croons a pop love potion while a shouting between two brothers begins, “Yo you see me in line nigga? you see me here?”……Black-hawk down….Black-hawk down….I repeat….Black-hawk down… Brown shit sprayed upon a men’s room toilet…where junk was kicked…K2 was lit…..and a midnight date with Wild […]

It is

It is listening to the Bill Evans trio play Gloria’s Step for the first time….And then every time after….. it’s just as fresh….. Watching kids laugh in Central Park…Held by grandparents…placed on shoulders…. Walking past panhandlers and donating a buck or two…..a chat with a bag lady…..PLEASE HELP A VET……maybe he’s lying..what’s the difference…throw a […]

Jaws of Life

Surrounded by crazies….. cons……criminals….Looking for angles…..same road…different routes….who will get there first?….. RAP sheet says this….RAP sheet says that….converting prison life to the shelters….the drop-in centers…soup kitchens….get in line…wait your turn….don’t ask me again…. The pecking order is long…. power struggles…..prosthetic intelligence….mouths a-poppin’ all night long….Academia need not apply…. Not Beckett…..nor Joyce…or Bach…loud…bombastically blaring BET […]

If only i knew

So cold and miserable outside….indoors….no better… Across the room she sits in-waiting…. For what?….. If only i knew….. Central Park West was danced to……playfulness…..pecks on cheeks….To those that have never loved…..perhaps you are blessed….. No more music…..dancing is done…..not a single kiss…not a taste in years….. She takes walks alone……why?….. If only i knew…. A […]

Don’t Rely

Don’t rely on your parents….nor the next generation to pull you through these times…….Don’t rely on churches….food pantries…..public bathrooms….dollar menus…..latex rubbers….. kitchens of distinction….. Don’t rely on ex-wives……ex-lovers…..ex-in-laws…..Exxon……Don’t rely on subway trains to get you from point a to point b…..taxi cabs to take the quickest route….Uber apps……Google maps……Backpage ads that promise this and deliver […]

Whitman’s Manhatta…Gone

Whitman’s Manhatta…..gone….gone….gone… Langston’s Harlem is now a playground….A renaissance? a rebirth?  of what? gone…gone….gone…. Patti Smith’s Manhatta….Jim Carroll’s Manhatta….Happenings….. St. Mark’s……gone….gone….gone… The Beats….Ginsberg’s howling….Kerouac’s dreams of Buddha and Bennies in Washington Square while rattling off Haiku’s as girls stroll by……gone…gone….gone Seventy-five dollar a week rooms with dead rat essence in Chelsea…..gone…gone…gone…. Porn in Times Square….Buddy booths…..hour […]