Photo of Judson Tower, Washington Square Park by Howie Lisnoff.
Street Scene/Greenwich Village
You burst with unbridled confidence and unadorned beauty
Onto the 60s’ scene of Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park
Coming from work on Wall Street
To the heart of the counterculture
It was summer
You wore a white dress with a floating multicolored balloon motif
Everything was in motion
Your hair catching in radiance the shimmering sun near Judson Tower
This was your summer of the Russian novel
It could have been Anna Karenina or War and Peace or Crime and Punishment
Long, plodding works of much illumination
Did all of this happen in a single, fleeting moment in time?
Was there great hope and change?
Did we have such impeccable ideals?
And unbounded caring?
Summer scene, Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, N.Y. Photo by Howie Lisnoff.
You walked on Charles Street in the heart of Greenwich Village, your signature sandals against the wet pavement. Our steps echoed magically within the endless city noise. I thought, too cold for bare feet, but you persevered long into the waning season. Perseverance would become your moniker. These were the days of great change and great hope when idealism and fearlessness were indistinguishable. I look across the room at you today, still beautiful in a world of unspeakable horror and ugliness.
View of the Providence’s downtown from the East Side. Photo by Howie Lisnoff.
In the Sun
You lay on the lounge chair on the patio outside of Andrews Hall off of Bowen Street on Providence’s East Side. Your skin glistening with tanning lotion in the late-spring sun, its fragrance of an ocean beach, the sky a robin’s egg blue. It was the perfection of nature and the reality of beauty. It is good to be able to remember amid the chaos of the world that all of this existed for a brief moment and could be preserved in memory.
Photo by Howie Lisnoff.
The clouds softly caressed the mountainside like fleeting love.
This is the oldest wooden-frame lighthouse left on the Hudson River in Kingston, NY. The Catskills are in the background. Not retouched. Photo by Howie Lisnoff.