Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Johnny Nolan has a patch on his ass

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
From his collection entitled A Coney Island of the Mind

Johnny Nolan has a patch on his ass

Kids chase him
                         thru screendoor summers

Thru the back streets
                                  of all my memories

Somewhere a man laments
                                           upon a violin

A doorstep baby cries
                                   and cries again
                            like
                                   a
                                     ball
                                           bounced
                                                         down steps

Which helps the afternoon arise again
to a moment of remembered hysteria

Johnny Nolan has a patch on his ass

Kids chase him