Having A coke With You

Is even more fun than going to San Sebastian, Irun, Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayone

Or being sick to my stomach on the Travesera De Gracia in Barcelona

Partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier St.


Partly because of my love for you, partly because of your love for


Partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches

Partly because of the secresy our smiles take on before people and


It is hard to believe when I’m with you that there can be anything as


As solemn as unpleasantly, definitive as statuary when right in front

of it

In the New York 4’o clock light, we are drifting back and forth

Between each other like a tree breathing through its spectacles

And the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all just paint

You suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them

I look

At you I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world

Except possibly for the Polish Rider occasionally and anyway its in

the Frick

Which thank heavens you haven’t gone to yet so we go together the

first time

And the fact that you move so beautifully more or less take care of


Just as at home I never think to the Nude Descending a Staircase or

At rehearsal a single drawing of Leonardo or Michaelangelo that used

to wow me

And what good does all the research of the impressionists do them

When they never got the right person to stand near the tree when sun


Or for the matter Marino Marini when he didn’t pick the rider as


As the horse

It seems they were all cheated of some marvelous experience

Which is not going to go wasted on me which is why I am telling you

about it.

–Frank O’Harra



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