Thursday, July 5, 2018


Wake Up
The Thirteenth Precinct closed the street for a family and Friends Barbecue below my front window
By noon they were rolling out food for the on duty personnel. Window closed and A/C on, I worked for several focused hours on a drawing. By 6PM a hundred + kids, wives and friends of the Precinct were loading into Police vans to be escorted to the East river.
I left the block at 7PM and heading against the flow, caught a bus on 23rd Street to the West side where there was quiet, sunset, lovely flowers and trees with just a few folks at the end of their day off.
 If I had a ship,
I'd sail my ship
I'd sail my ship
Through Eastern seas;
Down to a beach where the slow waves thunder -
The green curls over and the white falls under -
Boom! Boom! Boom!
On the sun-bright sand.
Then I'd leave my ship and I'd land,
And climb the steep white sand,
And climb to the trees
The six dark trees,
The coco-nut trees on the cliff's green crown -
Hands and knees
To the coco-nut trees,
Face to the cliff as the stones patter down,
Up, up, up, staggering, stumbling,
Round the corner where the rock is crumbling,
Round this shoulder,
Over this boulder,
Up to the top where the six trees stand....

And there I would rest, and lie,
My chin in my hands, and gaze
At the dazzle of the sand below,
And the green waves curling slow
And the grey-blue distant haze
Where the sea goes up to the sky....

And I'd say to myself as I looked so lazily down at the sea:
"There's nobody else in the world, and the world was made for me."

'The Island' by A.A. Milne *





Heading back to the bus stop




First Boom from the East River
Corner of Second Avenue at 23rd Street
(This fruit and vegetable stand is open 24/7)
Home to Television
 The Beach Boys, opera and Broadway star Renee Fleming and music legend Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical Escape To Margaritaville.

Also Pentatonix, Broadway icon Chita Rivera, legendary Motown stars The Temptations, country music singer-songwriter and winner of the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist Luke Combs,

country music star and American Idol alum Lauren Alaina, 12-time Grammy Award-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans, Grammy award winning violinist Joshua Bell,

The Voice Season 14 finalist Kyla Jade, with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly,

 and the United States Army Band.
Back to work on the drawing.

I'm tempted to comment about who is not present and who's been chosen and to what purpose, what's being sold and what else is going on worldwide while we celebrate; the cost,
but you already know.

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1 comment:

Mo Crow said...

good on you for finding a quiet space in Manhatten on the noisiest day of the year in the USA!