Still Water Prose Poems

Copyright @ 1989 by Arthur Garfunkel
ISBN 0-525-24795-5
Used by persmission of Author - All Rights Reserved

25

There's more to Gayle and I than meets the eye.

She first appears in Maxfield Bleu where sweaters
were three hundred dollars apiece; it was 1978. With
her heart breaking—her Great Love gone away—
what was she doing there, new to LA? Was it ingra-
tiation? Was it Tommy, the clothing salesman? Was it
Carly in the shop trying dresses just then
when the Bird dropped in.
 
Life being Love to her, Laurie felt pushed away by
the G.
—No air supply he, thought she of his need to finish
his album alone, and she quickly prepared to fend
for herself  .  .  . telling Carly what looked good on
her and lots of what did not…Tommy pretended
to own the store and basically kicked the Bird out
the door. But

Gayle's heart was offended. She defended frailty.
That's how Laurie befriended Gayle.

Now that it's six years later, I think of the time of
Watermark—the start of the mix when I chose to go
it alone—
Was Laurie a lure?
Was she the flighted Mercury that brings news of
Venus waiting in the wings? Could all her beauty be
Love's page at dawn—a morning rooster Kyrie to
the Glory in the rest of Love's full day?


North AtlanticJuly 1984