Having A Coke With You

 

I watched the movie “Beastly” (starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens) with my brother a few nights ago, and I was struck by the words of the poem they read to each other. I used the title of the poem as my post title as well; a poem by Frank O’Hara:

 

 

Having a Coke with You

 

is even more fun than going to San Sebastian, Irún, Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayonne

 or being sick to my stomach on the Travesera de Gracia in Barcelona

 partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier St. Sebastian

 partly because of my love for you, partly because of your love for yoghurt

 partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches

 partly because of the secrecy our smiles take on before people and statuary

 it is hard to believe when I’m with you that there can be anything as still

 as solemn as unpleasantly definitive as statuary when right in front of it

 in the warm New York 4 o’clock light we are drifting back and forth

 between each other like a tree breathing through its spectacles

 and the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all, just paint

 you suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them

 I look

 at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world

 except possibly for the Polish Rider occasionally and anyway it’s in the Frick

 which thank heavens you haven’t gone to yet so we can go together the first time

 and the fact that you move so beautifully more or less takes care of Futurism

 just as at home I never think of the Nude Descending a Staircase or

 at a rehearsal a single drawing of Leonardo or Michelangelo that used to wow me

 and what good does all the research of the Impressionists do them

 when they never got the right person to stand near the tree when the sun sank

 or for that matter Marino Marini when he didn’t pick the rider as carefully

 as the horse

 it seems they were all cheated of some marvelous experience

 which is not going to go wasted on me which is why I am telling you about it

 

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~ by rach124jc on October 13, 2011.

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