Dogs 2007

THE OTHER RICHARD STARKEY
(3/5/07)


I stopped
at the intersection
of Delaware Avenue
waiting for a gap
in the minimal
traffic
to allow safe
pedestrian passage

one
vehicle to go
a carload of coeds
cross in front
of me

"I love you
Ringo!"
one yelled
followed by a chorus
of shrieking
laughter
from the others

they
drove past
toward TU
and I flashed them
the peace sign
attempting to play
the part

that garnered
retreating guffaws
and waves in kind
showing that
my audience
appreciated
the effort

I continued
my walk
considering
the need
for a haircut
and knowing surely
that hand signals
were the best
that I had left
to offer
such lovelies

I was
apparently
the impotent
Beatle