"Took the seahore road" by L. Ferlinghetti




Took the seashore road

and sat and watched the sea

A bird became a butterfly

and landed on my knee

Who was the alien

whose land was it

Whose sea ?

She waved a wing tremulously

not sure of anything

the whole world swaying

And I not sure of anything

agreed with everything

that she was saying

As the pollen from her wings

flowered down on me


Lawrence Ferlinghetti

from: Far rockaway of the heart


(courtesy of L. Ferlinghetti)


"La luna laggiù": a tribute from jazz composer Carlo Actis Dato to Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem "Took the seashore road"