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Love walked alone. The party was nearly all
such parties ever are – faces, voices, open arms.
But she had stepped outside without a word
or sign, then left the building for the street.
There she bent down, undid her shoes and stood
on the sidewalk in bare feet. She knew the city well,
had traced many paths through it, heard many times
the same hearts beat, the same voices, the same
silences and sighs. She could hear them now.
But every walk brought surprise, and tonight
there was singing somewhere, how far away
she was not sure, but a great many voices rose.
She went in what seemed the right direction,
following the grid of streets as if herself a note
upon a score. Something under her right foot
gave way loudly. It was a shard of broken glass
her tread had ground to powder. No pain, of course,
and no harm to her, or - was that a trace of red?
She looked and sighed, walked on and shook her head.
Inspired by love walked alone by my dear friend Hanan :iconprivatedanser:
The photo above the text is hers and used by her kind permission.
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7markus7 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
there is a fine film noir mood on this . If it were a movie Bogart and Bacall would be starring it and the screen play would of Raymond Chandler
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
thanks much, I love that take on this. I'm a Bogart and Bacall and Chandler fan from way back.
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Makola94 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
this is... wow.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner May 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
:iconbowplz: thank you!
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
It's like a movie. Gripping, and then spinning off in a dozen different shades of emotions. Well done.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks, weeds - much appreciated.
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artairk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
full space
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010   Traditional Artist
thanks for the read and comment!
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roovel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
an evocative.. and an unfinished story.. :)
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
indeed. thanks for the read and the comment :)
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roovel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
pleasure. :)
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DroopingSanityFences Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
you are really good at this writing thing. Very nice!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
thanks so much, I really appreciate it. And I may use that in my c.v. too!
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Alohavera Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
this is beautiful, I like the mood very much.
Fits the season as well. My small gray hometown is now all covered with snow, and when I walk through it, I am quite in the same mood, a bit melancholic, a bit curious what is about to happen next.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you - I appreciate the read and the comment, and the fave too.
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privatedanser Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
this is a little different from your usual Richard.
a lot more nostalgic, romantic or what is the word ?

it is so evocative that i can see her in my head, walking, as in a movie scene, and i can hear the final sigh and shake my head with her..

i know why she did not feel the pain, she is so used to that, remember who her companion was ??


thank you Richard, your "gifts" fill my soul with joy :tighthug:
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:iconimpurfect-purfection:
couldn't agree more :)
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privatedanser Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
oh thanks Soraya :hug:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
it is different from my usual work, i'm not even sure what the word is myself - it's romantic but trying not to be abstract... i'll get the word in time. the piece is still very new to me.

yes, i remember her companion! i did not look at Crane while i wrote this - deliberately - but the two poems are almost in conversation.

you are most welcome. to hear that this gives you joy gives me great joy in return. big, big hug to you, Hanan :heart:
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privatedanser Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
:nod: it does :heart:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
:aww:
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claudiamm37 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
the mystery is the lack of pain.... Was it a part of her symphony, or was it as familiar to her as the street she walked?
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
Yes, that's exactly the question. The poem may or may not know... the poet writes it down. At least that's my story.
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claudiamm37 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
and the reader is compelled to read.....
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
:nod:
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