Migrant’s Blues

To sit at the counter…slurping thin chilli from a tablespoon while waitresses waltz by in tight whites and Mexicans in hairnets take orders as Mexicans do….why…..’Cause they have to…. There are dishes to wash…tables to wipe…floors to mop…and fries to fry, I need a number 7 Jose, screams an eye-lined redhead, And make ’em crisp…..you […]

dearest god

Dearest god…father…….mother of all…to all…in all…because of all….made man….man made…a deity to believe in…never in question….always questioned…as I do now….. A blonde haired blue eyed jew….turned over an empire….sure he wasn’t black…or of olive skin….lineage of David…of Soloman….songs….fables…moral tales to tell again and again and again…. Nothing of Vishnu…Mohammed….Buddha….a theocracy….of democracy…..on whose behalf?….George….Benjamin….presidents and pawns….presidents […]

Only a Dream

Didn’t know you…never thought I did….just meandered through mazes…. puzzles…..was love nearby….. There was Paris…Quebec….New York…..never on spot….always different venues…..You walked-out on Rickie Lee Jones….. Such anger at the end…..over …The cursing…. swearing… vengence….lies…..for what…. Just ’cause we could…..just ’cause we could…. It was spite….was anger… ego…..was pomp…. circumstance….. ’twas nothing…..only a dream….

BRONX BLUES

All is not given-up…there is jazz….the beats…..Baldwin….and a cat named Carroll…… Books are gathered like groceries….plenty of proteins…vegetables….an ocassional sweet or two….Ginsberg for desert; he’d have liked that.. And…the Book of Blues lay on a table….a reach away…San Francisco Blues….MacDougal Street Blues….Kerouac sings and I listen….who could not….. It’s a Saturday…..it’s a Saturday….maybe calm will […]

Pershing Square

American flags stuck in a lamppost as the eagle glares at mountains and hills of steel with concrete valleys below…..mocking it….teasing it…. Statues of men forgotten….thousands squimmer….simmer…talking non-stop on cellular devices….wanting to close that last deal……move swiftly…..move swiftly…. Selfies shot by Japanese tourists and Italians and French and Russians and Finnish and Danes and Germans […]

Almost Kosher

Two old Jews sat eating chicken salad prior to Passover….kosher….sure….why not…. They talked of old times….wives….kids…Johnny Carson….the bread is too crusty…..too much mayo…on and  on and on….their sympathies were as strict as their diets… Different world today, the Einstein impersonator said, Too fast….too much….., talking of Manhattan, I understand nothing….nothing…. This is true, a smile […]

No Longer

Charlie Parker….sitting like Buddha…a musician as important as Beethoven….though never recognized as such…. Kerouac reading on The Steve Allen Show…genius…piano played by the talk show impresario….And don’t you know God is Pooh Bear…. …reading works of literary magic….a magician….a shaman….a minch….a writer…. Long gone the day’s of poetry….the days of discourse…… There’s no longer a […]

Used to….

Time for local news….New York’s number one news…Eyewitness News….Fox upfront report on what makes people swear…..curse….froth at the mouth….provocative pictures after this important message…. The city that used to never sleep now slumbers….tourists planning assault actions….while protesters picket in front of hotels where hairdos hangout and cameras shoot pix from high above…. And trains run….never […]

She was….

She put out her cigarette….snarled, I could listen to twenty-five different versions of “On Green Dolphin Street” in a row and never get bored, the snarl became a whiskey whisper….this was love….. From Miles to Evans to Keith Jarret to Coltrane to Os….well…not big on Peterson’s randetion….too symphonic….too over the top….simplicity’ the name of that […]

Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo is south….Grand Concourse on down….Fordham Road….Bronx beauties walking in pairs….homeboys giving stares….and PR’s with music pulsing…two stepping ‘cross streets….. The New York Times isn’t sold up here…..demographics….numbers don’t add up…..it’s Manhattan’s paper anyway…..Sunday yuppie readings of Rap’s romances… And Arroz con Pollo is sold on the cheap…..the brothers at Pio’s hand out pizza […]