There is St. Ignatius ChurchThere is Point BonitaThere is a bug like a wasp    its giant antennae    flail and thwack the concrete in its pathFennel green and yellow laceGreat moss rose a flowery shaving-brushYou’re the only creature I really loveAside from Mama and my Teddy bearI never miss you until I think of youNow you love lots more than INo matter how often we meet you never see meI’ve become an old manSoon I’ll be keeping cats and goldfishA large photo album of the days when I was middle-agedIn love with you and expecting immortal fame.—Philip Whalen, “Labor Day 6:IX:65”Art Credit Meghan Howland

There is St. Ignatius Church
There is Point Bonita
There is a bug like a wasp
    its giant antennae
    flail and thwack the concrete in its path

Fennel green and yellow lace
Great moss rose a flowery shaving-brush

You’re the only creature I really love
Aside from Mama and my Teddy bear
I never miss you until I think of you
Now you love lots more than I
No matter how often we meet you never see me

I’ve become an old man
Soon I’ll be keeping cats and goldfish
A large photo album of the days when I was middle-aged
In love with you and expecting immortal fame.

Philip Whalen, “Labor Day 6:IX:65”
Art Credit Meghan Howland

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