s./j. goldner

Rookie (March 2nd,1984 / USA)

Day 5/Minetta Lane - Poem by s./j. goldner

“One caviar crab roll, PLEASE, and one fork.”
The lady gives me a baffled look
and hands me a pair of chopsticks.

Moving on up to the other side of town,
it's cool in a way that makes you feel
like it won't be cool for long.

driving high down Park Avenue
even rolled windows can’t keep out
the scent of extravagance;

best-dressed black women i ever seen
pretty Asian girls in American fashion
American girls don’t yet know about.

i catch the eye of Minetta Lane.
how sweet are you—
tell me, where’d you get your charm?

Do you e'er tire of the amount of
dog compilings you’ve had to consume?
or of people riding their bikes down you?

Yet it seems even the grandmas dress
their Sunday best to stroll your afternoon.

Can i sit on your steps for awhile,
watching, wanting, waiting for nothing.….


04/2005


Comments about Day 5/Minetta Lane by s./j. goldner

  • (3/2/2007 2:06:00 AM)


    maybe not your best work, but does have that detached, wistful observer's charm that's become your long suit. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (5/23/2006 10:27:00 AM)


    I love those moments of emptiness as the world just turns around you (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Poem Edited: Sunday, October 1, 2006


Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  9. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]