Henry red pants Trues vodka-on-the rocks
and so much in love with his ladies
with Dietrich he sings in German
"what would the word glamour mean
with Holiday he cries vodka tears
"in 1959 she was dying at Lenox Hill Hospital
and someone slipped in
and gave her heroin"
with Mercer he finally laughs
"she was an old fat lady when we met --
55 70 60 . . . . she asked me to jitterbug.
I said I couldn't dance then we jitterbugged"
dear drunk Henry falling in love again
and asking for his ladies
(from Dec. '70: Ohio)
& he in turn wrote abt he & I & the last of those ladies -- Mabel Mercer -- in his contribution to A Keepsake for Alex Gildzen Upon His Retirement from Kent State University (1994).