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Having a Coke with You

Having a Coke with You

by Frank O'Hara

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Quote #1

partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier St. Sebastian (3)

What? Saints in orange shirts? It may seem like a stretch to think that simply putting on a t-shirt can turn one into a beatific vision (unless it's t-shirt that glows softly and plays angelic music). But if things look different, and wildly better, to people who are in love, well then anything's possible.

Quote #2

partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches (5)

Okay. You say that the tulips are glowing like light bulbs. We're going to ask that you refrain from operating any heavy machinery for a while, please. What's that? You're in love? Oh! Why didn't you say so? Of course, the flowers are glowing. The whole world is aglow when you're in love.

Quote #3

in the warm New York 4 o'clock light we are drifting back and forth
between each other like a tree breathing through its spectacles (9-10)

We love these lines. They're so odd, serene, and, well… poetic. Sure, it may sound crazy to talk about drifting back and forth out of your body like some kind of blissed-out Casper the Friendly Ghost. And the trees who happen to be wearing scuba masks aren't helping things make much sense. But that's love, folks. It's a wonderful sensation where you get to escape yourself for a while, and it has very little to do with logical reality.

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