Days of Rome
Days of nothingness Days of clear skies the temperature descending Days of no telephone calls or all the wrong ones Days of complete boredom and nothing is happening Days of 1967 coming to a close in the frigid condition of chest cold and cough drops Days of afternoons in the life of a young girl not being on time Days of daydreams exploding Days of utter frustration Days of my film being cursed and myself with the curse never lifting Days of closed windows to keep the cold out the livingroom warm Days of avoiding lunch for a phone-call with change of plans for the day Days of posting letters Days of no mail today Days of fatigue and amphetamine highs Days of Charles Edward Ives Days of the 4:00 pm doldrums Days of wonder drugs to challenge the common cold Days of utter frustration Days of forgetting
From No Respect: New & Selected Poems 1964-2000 by Gerard Malanga. Copyright © 2001 by Gerard Malanga. Reprinted with the permission of Black Sparrow Press. All rights reserved.