Hometown Poet-Arthur Schwartz
April is Poetry month and RVC has it's own local published poet. Arthur Schwartz, Archie to his pals, is a former Yankees minor league player/playwright/stand-up comic and commercial printer with a poetic heart and soul. The following poem, Skinny Old Man with a Shopping Cart, is one of our favorites:
Skinny old man, you concave sliver
pushing your shopping cart down the street,
where's the old woman, short time ago
whose hand you held and halved your woe,
One hand on the upright empty cart,
the other tight with her hand in it,
leaning against the rain or snow,
you and the woman who halved your woe.
With scarves tied neatly around your heads,
and slowly wheeling the wobbly cart;
but now you're alone and I want to know,
where is the woman who halved your woe?
I'd ask, as I knew you well enough,
all about your marvelous gift, and
pester you until you'd show
how you double yourself and halve your woe,
And tell me about the old woman, I'd say,
and tell me what you are thinking now,
wheeling the cart with two hands as though
an empty cart can halve your woe.
According to Art, he watched this couple for a year or so walking down Merrick Road. For more of Archie's poetry, check out his book From Where I Sat here in the library.