"greenwich hotel" by bsp

my first trip to new york was as a runaway...when I was a teen...there are many stories from then...but this is about my second trip to new york after the army...the first night I stayed in the old greenwich hotel...it was depressingly dark and in disrepair...but it was cheap...i was only in my room for a few minutes when someone started beating on my door and shouting drunken obscenities...i shouted back louder....)))

i got a job selling shoes...living in a transient hotel on the west side.. saving money to for art school...i attended evening classes at the art students league...and ended up takin art classes at the new school in greenwich village...

i was in a village art supply store buying the list of supplies needed for the classes when I noticed a beautiful older woman with the same list....a jewish goddess...she had short salt n pepper gray hair with that slender muscular yoga look...)

we compared lists and flirted...it wasn't long until we were dating...and it wasn't long after that...we were in love...for the next 3 years it was art...galleries...concerts...ballet...plays (on and off broadway)...a slow train ride to tanglewood....i was a former street kid learning to appreciate culture n literature.....and in love with a brilliant woman...her penthouse was a library...and she read every book...up until then I had only completed one book...(not counting comic books) “the green turtle mystery”.

one evening we decided to go to the village gate dinner theater to see “jacques brel is alive and well and living in paris”...as we waited in line I turned and recognized the the tall dark ominous looking building behind us...i gave a wave to an upper window...and she said “what was that”. “that's the greenwich hotel...just a few months ago I was looking out of that window...i was broke...jobless...homeless and thinkin how lucky the people were...down here... waiting to go into the theater...so I waved at me” (with a wink).....bsp

note: may a you from the future look back at you...with a wink and a smile...