Instead of the usual moping about
at home, I opened the windows and left the apartment to sit down across the
avenue at the sidewalk cafe I'd been eyeing half-an-hour before, but when
I went back to the Scoop and Grind the sun had gone behind a building so
I set out to follow it among the skyscraper crags. Only the tops of other
tall buildings were illuminated, all the sidewalks were in shadow by 4 p.m.--the
price we pay for winter but who would want to live where there are no seasons?
Found no sun for my face until
Central Park, where bare branches admitted
what in summer they will block. How many statues
are there in Central Park? Today they all seemed to be having a talk and
people were pausing to watch.
After standing in the shadow of Shakespeare I tossed a ball to a friendly
dog, waited on a cold stone bridge
for a pedestrian to underpass, got
thirty cents back from the busted coin box of the pay phone that ate my quarter
and met Chet in the book store
cafe where a classical quartet played to the mild applause of readers of
Le Monde and the Detroit Free Press and Chet pulled out an English-language
paper from Prague complete with Dilbert comic.
On the walk back to the park in the dark with
sunglasses on I figured
out why I love New York--no one here cares who you are.