Street Scene/Greenwich Village

 

 

 

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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?

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A Sprig of Pachouli

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Photo by Howie Lisnoff: Washington Square Park

 

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Photo by Howie Lisnoff: Pachouli and Rosemary in Jan’s Garden

 

 

For Alan

A Sprig of Pachouli

Jan brought in the sprig of pachouli from the garden/summer deep-green leaves/rubbed on forearms/ reminder of Washington Square Park/Sixties’-early Seventies’ summers/ideals of peace and love and hope for the future.