|Poet or Poverty (standard:romance, 333 words)|
|Author: Cyrano||Added: Mar 23 2009||Views/Reads: 1522/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Money for your thoughts...then back on the streets.|
This time I saw a woman in the city, she saw me, and I spoke to her. Everywhere else I'd been turned away. I'm in a dark room, drying my clothes. I hear conversation; perhaps murmurings would be a better description, voices wearied by death, or so it sounds. I cannot remember her face very well, nor do I remember much about her except the morning's milk that is her skin. Here I am dressed in rags, and she a woman of the world. I'm broke, along with every other homeless person. At least I'm a poet. But she, too, has nobility I cannot explain. When asked, is there anything I can do, I explained that I am a visionary. She smiled. Another romantic, she replied. I am unknown, I offered. Yes, she responded. Yet you brought me here? I said. Yes, I love all poets, in love with ideal beauty. Isn't this you, homeless, without food, a change of clothing. What else can you be but a poet? She made nothing of my face. I could neither tell if she were Liberty or Muse. All you poets...you love, you hope; that is all. Hold out your hand to me, she said, which I did. I was once a poet, too. I wrote down my dearest beliefs, my hopes, my feelings, all the things that poets do. I lived my youth in an age of hopes and fantasies. Like you, touched by the finger of muse. From that moment I adored her. The way her hair was pinned to the nape of her neck, just a few short strands escaping. I placed one hand on my heart, the other I placed in my pocket. I did not say a word. She turned from me, not away, her posterior outlined before my eyes. So it was I went into a transport of joy. I left before she returned. Poetry is infinitely more acceptable than poverty. She would understand. Have you ever been in love? Tweet
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