Patsy says I talk too much

Patsy says I talk too much     so I clam up
for the morning and think of how the Brooklyn
Bridge was built       the huge caissons that were
lowered to the river bed     
                   So many Irishmen worked
on that construction and suffered horrendously
from decompression sickness  
                                                   Frank O’Hara
it was who pointed out the power of bridges
as metaphors     for loneliness     or connection
Like when you’re playing cards among friends
and you’re just no good at keeping track and
your partner slowly but surely loses patience
How strange to invest so much in what’s
such a trivial pursuit
                    It’s not like it’s the end of the world
though to them     I suppose     sadly    it is 

John Lyons

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