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Midnight and L.A. 1968 – Poems by B.Z. Niditch January 17, 2014

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MIDNIGHT

How wet met in the Big Apple
talking about Andy, Holly
and Edie from the Factory
on city streets passing us
with intersecting signals
in a once red light district
of the Sixties Watusi
like dances of the day
now forgotten,
taking a ride
on a new motorcycle
now you abruptly cut out
with every nightfall excuse
of always being late,
now we’re moving sidewise
blinded from new construction
in a rush of city traffic
prepared against us
outside a Manhattan club
that has legendary jazz
with a run for my life
along tinted tinsel bars
and gig soundings,
suddenly flakes of snow
appear on my pea jacket
knowing the raw reality
of another dead cold storm
will not change my fate
in tempests of traffic
on weary alleyways,
yet you went with me
even as I told you
I’m still pledged to a chip
on my dark Wilde shoulder
always wishing to recapture
back my energy
from bygone strangers
even those who heat up
the atmosphere
in boiling altercations,affairs
accidents,rumors,encounters
on this familiar road
which separates me
from my own blame games,
you were always there,
ex lover or not.

L.A. 1968

A motel room
on the outskirts
of the City of Angels
by a Playgirl,Playboy
and a Free Press
with torn covers
next to an emerging poet
for a believer in art
but never a puritan
meeting a disbarred shrink
and his belly dancer lover
in the lobby
and asking me
to swap identities
as an arm wrestler
and piano bar guy
wanted to trade stories
at midnight
and murdering a Mars Bar,
a sailor suit by my side
wanting to move
back to childhood.

BZ Picture 12  B.Z. NIDITCH is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and    teacher. His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including:  Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Art; The Literary Review; Denver Quarterly; Hawaii Review; Le Guepard (France); Kadmos (France); Prism International; Jejune (Czech Republic); Leopold Bloom (Budapest);  Antioch Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others.  He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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