PAST DUE

(I’ve revised this poem several times;
this is DEFINITELY the last revision!)
’98
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-Los Angeles to New York,
3.500 mile express
to the early ’50s –
next stop, Nostalgia Village,
connect to
long-ago memories,
of past lives, past times.

-All aboard!

-Ride with Miss Rheingold
on the Third Avenue El,
dial MUrray Hill 9…
CHelsea 3…
Mel Tormé headlines
the Paramount stage.

-“Top of the world, Ma!”
shouts Jimmy Cagney…
walk a mile to the Camel sign…
Pérez Prado, Jake La Motta,
Bill Haley rocks ’round the clock…
the Giants win the pennant!!
the subway goes up to a dime…

-Step right in!

-Guaranteed to relive
those Brylcreemed, cool-cat,
Tito Puente – Tito Rodriguez,
mambo-beat Palladium nights.

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