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Frank O'Hara's birthday

Still celebrating Frank O'Hara's birthday - March 27, 1926




ANIMALS Have you forgotten what we were like then when

we were still first rate

and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth


it's no use worrying about Time

but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves

and turned some sharp corners


the whole pasture looked like our meal

we didn't need speedometers

we could manage cocktails out of ice and water

I wouldn't want to be faster

or greener than now if you were with me O you

were the best of all my days

From The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara. Copyright © 1971 by Maureen Granville-Smith. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

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