This week, two of my dearest friends got married. When Sarah and Steve asked me to read a poem at their ceremony, I was thrilled to be part of their wedding – as well as by the discovery of a new-to-me poem: Frank O’Hara’s “Having a Coke with You”.
Here’s O’Hara reading it:
This is the full text of the poem, at the Poetry Foundation archive.
And here’s the abbreviated version my husband & I joked about improvising, in the event that I lost my specially marked-up reading-aloud version (the one with S – L – O – W ! scrawled at the top of the page):
Having a Coke with You
(with apologies to Frank O’Hara)
is more fun than going on a bender with a Eurail Pass.
Art is all right.
But not as all right as you.
Congratulations, Sarah and Steve. I love you – and your taste in poetry.