Weehawkenist Spring Ling


Spring I hope for Giggling Ling[1]

a bright and green young strident thing

Ling and I shall ping pong ping

bebop Rhythm-a-ning bing

and dream eternal heavenly spring

ding, ding…ding a ling… swing dissonance ping wing[2]

Trinkle Tinkle, tinkle trinkle, winkin’, blinkin’, periwinkleCat Pad, Weehawken

Do you know the Weehawkenist story of Nica

butterfly jazz baronessa

and Monk Sphere Thelonioso?

‘Round Midnight, round, spin-a-round

cats, cats, cats, cat pad Hudson blue

trinkle tinkle ‘Round Midnight sprinkle

truth stranger than fiction

read in Epistrophy

to lay down one’s life for friends

…but to find those friends

there’s the rub-a-dub-dub…

shuffle back to Hackensack


[1] June 10, 1949, Jack Kerouac wrote a letter to Allen Ginsberg and sent what he called a “crazy” poem using the words “Giggling Ling.” Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters edited by Bill Morgan and David Sanford.


[2] January 22, 1958, Ping Wing is the name of a dishwasher mentioned in a newspaper clipping Joyce Glassman sent to Jack Kerouac. Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958 Jack Kerouac and Joyce Johnson.



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Author: GK Stritch

GK Stritch is a contributor to Beatdom and the author of CBGB Was My High School. The book is available at the St. Mark's Bookshop, New York City, and amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

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  1. I love the tie in to Kerouac’s life. The [1] & [2] become part of the poem. This is a very smart device that multi-layers the sentiment. First prize for originality!

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