Today’s challenge prompt: “…write a “New York School” poem. The New York School is the name by which a group of poets that all lived in New York in the 1950s and 1960s. The most well-known members are Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, and Kenneth Koch. Their poems are actually very different from one another, but many “New York School” poems display a sort of conversational tone, references to friends and to places in and around New York, humor, inclusion of pop culture, and a sense of the importance of art (visual, poetic, and otherwise).”
“The Empire State”
It was the end of summer in the Empire state
and already we could feel the gentle nip of autumn’s teeth
at our earlobes.
As usual, Times Square was a bustle of activity.
Tourists posed and
looked all agog while
natives with tunnel vision beat the pavement
with unerring steps
over-under-around and through
animate and inanimate objects.
It was actually September eleventh that day
and that remembrance stuck in my mind.
The Lion King bore its announcement of show times
and I just HAD to stand under the neon banner.
I remember trying one of those infamous hot pretzels
from a street vendor.
Alas! I was not a fan!
I remember before going to Times Square
we’d gone to Bryant Park. The fountains
were so lovely to look at though I didn’t want to
as I feared getting a chill.
It sucks having a cold while you travel.
We had ice cream and people watched
hoping the time would slow down.
We couldn’t delay the inevitable so we
made our way down town while
regretting that we were unable to get into
the Metropolitan Museum of Art the previous day
due to an abundance of traffic and a dearth of parking spots.
Ahh! New York! New York!
The crowd at Grand Central was crazy as usual
as we said our good-byes.
I found my ticket and thought…
I just love the way trains disappear into tunnels.
Claustrophobia three minutes in
usually rids me of the need to romanticise.
I text “Good-bye” to Tara.
I plug in my earphones, glance out the window
and bid you and New York a silent good-bye.
(Copyright 2014 chattinatti)
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