Having a Coke with You
by Frank O'Hara
Having a Coke with You Appearances Quotes
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partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier St. Sebastian (3)
Since he was a Roman soldier back in his day, we're guessing that St. Sebastian probably didn't have too many orange shirts hanging in his closet. In fact, most visuals depict him more like a shirtless pincushion than anything else. Still, our speaker sees this orange shirt as a visual marker of the addressee's joy and perfection. This you is even "better" than a saint. And all it took was an orange tee.
partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches (5)
This line is intriguing for a couple of reasons. First, who knew that light bulbs came in orange tulip form? We kid. Actually, this orange is a visual echo to the orange tee shirt that our speaker praises in line 3. Again, the color suggests a kind of joy, energy, and overall warmth to the scene that the speaker is describing. It's as though things take on a vibrant appearance as a result of the love he feels. Or do you think this is a case of his emotions coloring what he sees?