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Provincetown Images '66 (For Allen, wherever you are)

I have my bike so then it’s
downtown Provincetown
and Christ tears by
in a cream Corvair
with a blond bohemian virgin
wearing gypsy jewels

It’s buy pecan made-on-the-premises fudge
then go down Grecian Arena steps
if you must
under a “Pre-Fire-Sale” sign
and buy genuine
direct-from-the-cape made-in-japan

And then it’s sometime later
and I’m turned on
reading woolly Ginsberg
“Reality Sandwiches”
on the bottle beach
speckled pattern of bottles, crushed Shaeffer cans
and tourists
while Commercial Street combo
blows happenings
from an empty cafe-
my new buddy Steve’s beneath the pier
and tourists splash and wait for night.

And there’s
boys boys boys
with beach bleached hair
and light brown hair
and dark brown hair
and they’re comin’ down the street in masses
and they’re hangin’ from the rented rooms
and there’s an infinity of
naked arched feet
and bell-bottoms are in and on
and yellow light and salt air
and snaking oboe moods
weave a strange opiate

it’s a crazy tightrope night
and some bearded pussycat
with a shiny black hat
bumps by and gives me the eye
but don’t save me baby,
I know what I’m doin’

heaven happens
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Submitted on May 01, 2011

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