Poetry: Last Exit to Hoboken – 14th Street Rhapsody


Ho-Ho-Kus, Hocus-Pocus, Abracadabra, half-past Moonachie and Weehawken, you find yourself in the taverns of Hoboken looking to find redemption, the sublime, and the Christopher Street line.  But you only find a room of lost and found souls, they opine and drink sweet wine.

You say your father is a pawnbroker and your mother is a Madonna who sits by the window always watching.  Your brother is a thief, quick on his feet, and your sister is beguiled with an unborn child.  You tell me your loyalty is to the sun, moon, and the stars, and no one else.

There is graffiti on the walls. The graffiti on the side street of Newark Street is like the tattoo of the Star of David high on your thigh. You call me by my name and sigh because I lied.  I told you I was the color of none and one of them, but if the truth be told, I am the color of one, as none of them.  You still call me by my name down the alleyways.  Oh, how I love you to call me by my name, all the same.

In the blue shadows of the city is where you wear your golden charms around your ankles, wrists, and neck. The golden charms glitter, click and flicker in the afternoon sun as autumn light falls upon us, we are beholden, we are golden.  I once heard a story to never fall in love with a beautiful woman with golden charms as she will bring love’s harm.

Chorus

Her eyes and golden charms will capture your gaze, her perfume will attract you, and her words will tame you, her passions will turn you into love’s fool.  Never fall in love with a beautiful woman with golden charms.

You say your father is a pawnbroker and your mother is a Madonna who sits by the window always watching.  Your brother is a thief, quick on his feet, and your sister is beguiled with an unborn child.  You tell me your loyalty is to the sun, moon, and the stars, and no one else.


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