i’m not one for poetry but warsan shire is amazing. check her out.
“I got this in 1979 and it has a lot of miles on it—some motorcycle miles, and it was my regular outerwear during the days when New York streets could be risky. It probably saved my life when I resisted a two perp mugging at knifepoint on Avenue D. (Or maybe it was the Sacred Heart of Jesus pinned inside it over my heart.) Some guys wore tagged leather jackets back then. One day I asked my friend Jean-Michel Basquiat to draw one of his crowns on the back of mine. Jean was so into kingship he smoked Chesterfield Kings. My friend George DuBose had nicknamed me Leroy because he said I acted like a king. This jacket made me feel even more like one.”- Glenn O’Brien
there is a bunch of these “take away shows” on youtube and they are all awesome.
a 50-something Midwestern tourist mom, to her 30-something Midwestern tourist daughter on the subway after a long silence