"BLEECKER STREET, SUMMER" BY DEREK WALCOTT

c/o PoetryFoundation.org. This poem is so lush and carnal, it's enough to make an LA-transplant long for muggy summer nights in NY.
  1. Summer for prose and lemons, for nakedness and languor,
  2. for the eternal idleness of the imagined return,
  3. for rare flutes and bare feet, and the August bedroom
  4. of tangled sheets and the Sunday salt, ah violin!
  5. .
  6. When I press summer dusks together, it is
  7. a month of street accordions and sprinklers
  8. laying the dust, small shadows running from me.
  9. .
  10. It is music opening and closing, Italia mia, on Bleecker,
  11. ciao, Antonio, and the water-cries of children
  12. tearing the rose-coloured sky in streams of paper;
  13. it is dusk in the nostrils and the smell of water
  14. down littered streets that lead you to no water,
  15. and gathering islands and lemons in the mind.
  16. .
  17. There is the Hudson, like the sea aflame.
  18. I would undress you in the summer heat,
  19. and laugh and dry your damp flesh if you came.