Poem by Richard Martin inspired by Rudy Burckhardt's image in Live Mag! Richard is also in Issue 16.
The day she stretched across my body
I didn’t realize time had different plans for us.
Now a faucet leaks and kids in the neighborhood
have disappeared into screens.
They bet the only parallel universe is digital.
Before parting, we smoked Marlboros.
In 1948, anyone could buy a Havana cigar
after a hot turkey sandwich at the Astor Place Luncheonette.
Rudy Burckhardt’s Astor Place 1948 photo confirms that.
You could also purchase a tie at the Astor Neckwear Shop,
enjoy a billboard Coca Cola with an Amazon daughter
of Ares and Harmonia.
This morning I vanished in a forest of sunflowers.
My neighbor grows them and they loom above the sidewalk
as puppets of sunshine. He offers them as a refuge
for those who chose to disappear into light. No charge!
I’ve considered the value of a facial to change
the calculus of things, too.
My wife thinks I’m dissatisfied – reason for my odd behavior.
John Stith Pemberton invented Coca Cola in the late 19th century.
It’s two main ingredients were coca leaves and kola nuts.
It was intended as patient medicine, providing a stimulating
temperance drink for those who could use one.
I could go for the original recipe now.
Art by Rudy Burckhardt in LiVE MAG! Issue No.16