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WHILE WAITING FOR CHOCOLATE
AT CONEY ISLAND CANDY STAND

by Price Strobridge

While waiting in this long sandy line,

I shuffle along with a throng of sugar-low shufflers,
& I read in long faces my need to read. While
Waiting, my cravings rave . . .

I Read of Sad Death
―but
Roar voracious urges for more & more, &
more sweet surging chocolate storms . . . I

Murmur luscious warming whispers, produce sweet

Love beneath my hungry flaming skin. —I’m swept,

Splashing into frothing tangy summer-sizzled lingo ―

Heaving as my august peach-moan-lusts
ripen & my plump-graped tongue

Drives deep, its purpled-diamond-faceted visions
to drape capacious skies & my indigo

Cries “Oh Beauty, Oh Love—
I will never, leave you!”

Howl to sweat together sweetly, one more sweet amore,
a magnum-opus in the Garden’s
lathered honeyed-symphony of

Love yet, while I wait & wait & wait I think of eyes
& mouths & lips & doors & I
Purge with salty sea-foam

Sobs my few squinted-sad-eyed
narrow hows&whys . . . I
Ache but briefly, all those wasted
weighted hollow shadow-fears,

Then can wait no longer, I,

I Rush Oh Rush! Yes Rush!!

Toward another bite of lively lovely levity —

Chocolate.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Price Strobridge is a Colorado Springs poet laureate emeritus. As a young man, Price purchased a copy of Lawrence Ferlinghetti‘s A Coney Island of the Mind in the late 1960s from a Manhattan bookstore and was immediately smitten by this beat poet. Price Strobridge has performed Ferlinghetti’s Poem 15 in many public venues through the years.