{berets and bongos} 77;

empire state building opening | may 1, 1931

“someday i’d like to go
to atlantic city with you
not to gamble (just being
there with you is enough
of a gamble) but to ride
the high white breakers
have a manhattan and listen
to a baritone saxophone
play a tune called “salsa
eyes” with you beside me
on a banquette but why
stop there let’s go to
paris in november when
it’s raining and we read
the tribune at la rotonde
our hotel room has a big
bathtub i knew you’d like
that and we can be a couple
of unknown americans what
are we waiting for let’s go”

-david lehman, may 2.

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