Friday, December 31, 2010

A week of readings for a year's end: Party

"New Father Time (to Allen Ginsberg)"

M Bromberg

Dear Allen

I'm proposing you new Father Time

for this third millennium
a thousand-year party

no more blackrob'd old man icon
no more ancient doddering fool
no more hourglass or crook'd scythe

in Prague 1965
you were King of the May
this should be a piece of cake
what d'you say

you in top hat stars & stripes

with harmonium at your side

bearded smiling (or serious too
in hornrimm'd glasses)

with a young man always there
St. Peter Orlovsky

ready to hoist yr pump organ

the new millennial hip Father Time
what d'you say
satisfaction guaranteed
or your millennium back ...

dear Allen

I wonder what you're doing this new years eve

it must be some crazy scene
Jesus & Mohammed

Coltrane blowing "Ascension"

Walt putting the moves on Neal

Jack and Guatama discussing the dharma

you and Peter rolling the joints

(finest gage at low low prices)
imagine the conversation
poetics and transcendence
a love supreme ... a love supreme ...

(pls tell Whitman
we share the same
birthday May 31)

it's no time for talk

party hats askew after serious drink
give Jack that bliss'd out sloppy kiss

let Bill cop the immaculate fix
keep Neal away from the hydrogen jukebox

but let him drive the bus

most of all new Father Time

slip America the dope of hope
this new year's eve

give America the big-hope midnight kiss

to last a thousand years

to last a thousand years

to last a thousand years
to last a thousand years
let it be enough

to last a thousand years

Let there finally be enough
enough America to get it right
enough time to get it right
enough love to get it right
enough peace to get it right
enough hope to get it right
enough daylight to get it right
enough night

(photo of Allen Ginsberg by Fred McDarrah, New York City 1966)

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