Richard has lived in the apartment upstairs
since 1971. Tomorrow’s his last day.
His partner Ray’s had Parkinsons
for 25 years and life’s easier in the Berkshires.
where they live full-time now. He’ll miss Ernesto on the subway playing
trumpet been there forever just like Richard so many people from
everywhere riding the trains you don’t find that
in the Berkshires and Carnegie Hall
he’s been going since he was a boy. I thought about Jacob yesterday
declaring there is no more New York knowing he was wrong
there will always be people on the subway who aren’t
real estate developers always be Port Authority
and music and if I left this city to live in the Berkshires
or Denver or Tuscon or anywhere in Florida I would miss it too.