Thursday, August 6, 2009

23rd Street Runs into Heaven

You stand near the window as lights wink
On along the street. Somewhere a trolley taking
Shop-girls and clerks home, clatters through
This before-supper Sabbath. An alley cat cries
To find the garbage cans sealed; newsboys
Begin their murder-into-pennies round.

We are shut in, secure for a little, safe until
Tomorrow. You slip your dress off, roll down
Your stockings, careful against runs. Naked now,
With soft light on soft flesh, you pause
For a moment; turn and face me -
Smile in a way that only women know
Who have lain long with their lover
And are made more viginal.

Our supper is plain but we are very wonderful.

Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972)