The Day Lady Died – Frank O’Hara

It is 12:20 in New York a Friday
three days after Bastille day, yes
it is 1959 and I go get a shoeshine
because I will get off the 4:19 in Easthampton  
at 7:15 and then go straight to dinner
and I don’t know the people who will feed me

I walk up the muggy street beginning to sun  
and have a hamburger and a malted and buy
an ugly NEW WORLD WRITING to see what the poets  
in Ghana are doing these days
                                                       I go on to the bank
and Miss Stillwagon (first name Linda I once heard)  
doesn’t even look up my balance for once in her life  
and in the GOLDEN GRIFFIN I get a little Verlaine  
for Patsy with drawings by Bonnard although I do  
think of Hesiod, trans. Richmond Lattimore or  
Brendan Behan’s new play or Le Balcon or Les Nègres
of Genet, but I don’t, I stick with Verlaine
after practically going to sleep with quandariness

and for Mike I just stroll into the PARK LANE
Liquor Store and ask for a bottle of Strega and  
then I go back where I came from to 6th Avenue  
and the tobacconist in the Ziegfeld Theatre and  
casually ask for a carton of Gauloises and a carton
of Picayunes, and a NEW YORK POST with her face on it

and I am sweating a lot by now and thinking of
leaning on the john door in the 5 SPOT
while she whispered a song along the keyboard
to Mal Waldron and everyone and I stopped breathing

Standing Shakyamuni, 150-200 AD


Standing Shakyamuni, 150-200 AD

Pakistan, probably Takht-i-Bahi, Gandhara style

Schist, Overall: h. 119.70 cm (47 1/8 inches)

Combining elements from both the Greco-Roman and Indian worlds, the artists of Gandhara created a new vision of the Buddha during the period of high contact between the two regions. They were among the first to show the Buddha with a placid and introspective expression, thick wavy hair, and clothed in a heavy, toga-like monk’s robe. They retained the local preference for soft volumetric forms of the body, noticeable beneath the garment as it pulls and hangs in naturalistic pleat lines over the figure.

Source: Cleveland Museum of Art