She'll always be a seamstress now,
sewn into a simple black dress,
invisibly mended. Forever on the back fire escape
folded down, the same shoulder length auburn hair,
singing "Tonight" in a dubbed voice.
She wanted to sing her own songs, but
they wouldn't let her. And the Puerto Rican boys.
They're gone, left their aubergine and mango silk shirts
lying in a dumpster in an alley on the West Side,
moved to the Big House, an integrated community,
wear green jumpsuits and watch old movies,
like Splendor in the Grass,
on Friday nights. After lights out,
they lie on their backs in bunk beds
with their arms folded behind their heads and
talk quietly about how she died,
so unexpectedly. The lead lives in the suburbs
with his wife and three children.
He works long hours as a landscaper,
wears blue jeans and white t-shirts with
logos on them saying Save the Planet; at night
has wet cellulose dreams
making unrequited love to Natalie.
He's never gotten over her.