Water Fountain Romance

from Silly Morality Songs (frottole-barzellette)

For Halsey W. Taylor who invented the
sanitary drinking fountain in Warren, Ohio in 1912.

  Warren Ohio loves Halsey Taylor.
    He envisions them frolicking
     like Mastroianni and Ekberg
       in the freezing fontana,
        he a mountain of man.

   love is a constant, silent well noguchi fountain.
he is the giant exploding osaka exposition water park,
     but his thirst lies unknown and unquenched.

     Their names imprinted, twisted
      on a porcelain column, not
    the statuesque tower of Malmö: Anita,
         but the tower of London:
            imprisoned Ohio.

   love is a constant, silent well noguchi fountain.
he is the giant exploding osaka exposition water park,
     but his thirst lies unknown and unquenched.

   Warren dreams wet dreams of crashing
      falls, Victoria thundering
  across shoulders, through his loin stream—
      Zambia, the fetus of their
     Zambezi, sheet-of-water child.

   love is a constant, silent well noguchi fountain.
he is the giant exploding osaka exposition water park,
     but his thirst lies unknown and unquenched.