He will often glance at me briefly before returning his attention to the stream of water. He knows I'm interacting with it somehow, but I don't think he gets the nature of the connection. Perhaps he imagines that it is something that I'm trying to catch, rather than something I'm actually controlling. Whatever his puzzlement, at least he enjoys watching the watering, and it distracts him from untying my shoelaces, which is something he now does almost every time I go outside.
Kitties are very entertaining creatures, and can do a lot to enliven a dull day. Other than watering, I didn't do much of anything today, and even the watering would have been dull without Timmy to watch.
Bastille Day was three days ago.
The Day Lady Died
by 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
Bonus music link: Lady Day, Fine and Mellow, 1957.