Nerves Before Our First Date

“Nerves Before Our First Date”


Oh, I have to build in time to buy her flowers.

And oh, I have to wear jeans if I do that, or it will be too much.

And oh, I want to buy her flowers and wear the black slip dress

with the tricolor scarf knotted around my waist,

and oh, I want to slip off the scarf-belt in the bar

and oh, slip it around her waist

to lead her into me, oh,

to lead her home, oh,

and oh, I want to draw it up through her center

until she cries it out her mouth—

Oh! like a bright, white dove

waking up on a surprised magician’s hatrim,

not hopping but flying.