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Ave Maria Analysis

Author: poem of Frank O'Hara Type: poem Views: 0

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Mothers of America

              let your kids go to the movies

get them out of the house so they won't

   know what you're up to

it's true that fresh air is good for the body

             but what about the soul

that grows in darkness, embossed by

   silvery images

and when you grow old as grow old you


             they won't hate you

they won't criticize you they won't know

             they'll be in some glamorous


they first saw on a Saturday afternoon or

   playing hookey

they may even be grateful to you

             for their first sexual experience

which only cost you a quarter

             and didn't upset the peaceful


they will know where candy bars come


             and gratuitous bags of popcorn

as gratuitous as leaving the movie before

   it's over

with a pleasant stranger whose apartment

   is in the Heaven on

             Earth Bldg

near the Williamsburg Bridge

             oh mothers you will have made

                 the little


so happy because if nobody does pick

   them up in the movies

they won't know the difference

             and if somebody does it'll be

                 sheer gravy

and they'll have been truly entertained

   either way

instead of hanging around the yard

             or up in their room hating you

prematurely since you won't have done

   anything horribly mean


except keeping them from life's darker joys

             it's unforgivable the latter

so don't blame me if you won't take this


             and the family breaks up

and your children grow old and blind in

   front of a TV set


movies you wouldn't let them see when

   they were young


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