Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021)

The Pennycandystore Beyond the El

The pennycandystore beyond the El
is where I first
                      fell in love
                                      with unreality
Jellybeans glowed in the semi-gloom
of that September afternoon
A cat upon the counter moved among
                the licorice sticks
           and tootsie rolls
      and Oh Boy Gum

Outside the leaves were falling as they died

A wind had blown away the sun

A girl ran in
Her hair was rainy
Her breasts were breathless in the little room

Outside the leaves were falling
      and they cried
           Too soon! too soon!