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FORTUNE HAS ITS COOKIES TO GIVE OUT
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Fortune

                   has its cookies to give out

which is a good thing

                    since its been a long time since

         that summer in Brooklyn

     when they closed off the street

             one hot day

                and the
                     FIREMEN

                         turned on their hoses

    and all the kids ran out in it

     in the middle of the street

      and there were

                maybe a couple dozen of us

                                   out there

with the water squirting up

                      to the

                         sky

                               and all over

                                         us

     there was maybe only six of us

                           kids altogether

               running around in our

                         barefeet and birthday

          suits

                 and I remember Molly but then

           the firemen stopped squirting their hoses

                 all of a sudden and went

                      back in

               their firehouse

                        and

          started playing pinochle again

               just as if nothing

                    had ever

                          happened

     while I remember Molly
                      looked at me and

          ran in

     because I guess really we were the only ones there

Photo: “Summer, Lower East Side, Manhattan, 1937” (detail) by Arthur Fellig, AKA Weegee.