|Poet or Poverty (standard:romance, 333 words)|
|Author: Cyrano||Added: Mar 23 2009||Views/Reads: 1654/0||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
Authors appreciate feedback!
Please vote, and write to the authors to tell them what you liked or didn't like about the story!
Cyrano has 99 active stories on this site.
Profile for Cyrano, incl. all stories
For a quick, anonymous response to the author of this story, type
a message below. It will be sent to the author by email.