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Mar. 11th, 2012 | 10:47 am

There,
he is ready--he is ready--
dubious but ready
stepping downhill, salt unneeded this season gritting under his feet,
power lines snaking through the trees, ready to strike at any moment,
he is ready.

Yesterday he saw the curve of her jaw through the window of Siam Square,
her lambent white hand lifting a forkful of pad thai.
Last week she stood in line at Rite Aid, her Afro clipped short,
the lines of her cheekbones telling him
I came from Haiti for you.
Last month she swayed on the front of a pride float
at the other St. Patrick's Day parade, her hands plunging into
then shaking out the mane of her red hair.

He eats with Nathan, with Sarah-Michelle, with Will,
he prefers Three to Six.
He does not have parties. He does not have God.
He longs for a breakup restaurant, a place he can't go any more,
a place he'd be sure never to see her again.

Once she came around the corner,
running towards him in a red dress,
but it was Anna Paquin guesting on Law and Order.
When the director called 'cut',
it sliced the corner of his heart.
Am I still alive? he thinks in the morning, mildly surprised at another day.

He walks without looking ahead, without looking back
(When you've seen the North Tower fall, you stop looking back)
She catches the corner of his eye--
She is a bright scarf crossing the churchyard of St. Paul's.
She is choosing woven orange placemats in Clearance at CB2.
Chambers Street swirls around her as she stands
at a fruit cart, gently smelling the rind of a kiwi,
His heart in her hand wearing also its own soft shroud.





whipchick hopes that part of ellakite still hopes.

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Ellakite

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from: ellakite
date: Mar. 11th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
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It has been said that life is hope... and I'm still alive.

Besides, it's almost impossible to completely lose hope when someone you've never met takes the time to ask in her own roundabout way "Hey, are you OK?"


The grammarian in me needs to point out that you misspelled the word "week" in the line about Rite Aid. (Fortunately, you fixed that even before I posted this.)

The human being in me needs to tell you that I'm deeply, deeply touched that you chose me as "your inspiration"... and by the knowledge that you're concerned about my welfare.


Yes, I still have hope... even though it hurts me when my hopes are dashed. But it has been said that life is pain... and I'm still alive.


Again: I'm honored. And I thank you.

Edited at 2012-03-11 04:57 pm (UTC)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
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You're truly, truly welcome. Plus this means my stalking dossier has been expanded. I think rather than holler when I'm in New York again, I should just turn up at your coffee shop and see if you recognize me. Hint: I will be the one with duct tape.

In all seriousness, it's a joy getting to know you better and I appreciate your willingness to be written about. And yes, I am concerned about your welfare. And if I'm in New York I'll totally see a show with you if you're looking for someone to go with (I noticed a theme :) ).

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
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Thank you! He was a lovely inspiration.

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Mars Tokyo

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from: marstokyo
date: Mar. 11th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
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This made me want to explore ellakite's entries some more. Thanks for sharing.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
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You're welcome, and thanks for reading :)

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Thellie

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from: malruniel11
date: Mar. 12th, 2012 05:31 am (UTC)
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What a special tribute to an awesome man. I am not usually a poetry fan, but this engaged me and I found it delightful!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm glad to hear it transcended the genre for you :)

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jacq22

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from: jacq22
date: Mar. 12th, 2012 08:55 am (UTC)
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Poetry, images; and a really gentle image of the man. I must read more of his work too!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
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Thank you :) It was neat to stalk his old entries a bit.

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basric

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from: basric
date: Mar. 12th, 2012 09:10 am (UTC)
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Quite lovely. Glorious actually in a terrible tragic way.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
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Thanks - that's what I was shooting for, and I'm glad it came across.

I'm loving seeing how many entries are springing from your work!! Wait 'til you get to the nurse's outfit...;)

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Shadow Wolf Byrd

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from: shadowwolf13
date: Mar. 12th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
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This is beautiful.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
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Thank you - he was a terrific inspiration!

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ecosopher

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from: ecosopher
date: Mar. 12th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
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He's awesome, isn't he? And so are you. This was so, so wonderfully done. Really touching, and beautiful pictures in my head right now.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
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Thank you- and yeah, I feel lucky to be able to use him for inspiration :)

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Mar. 12th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
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This was gorgeous, and trying out poetry was very brave! I think you did a wonderful job of it, too. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
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Thank you! I wrote a poem for Coprolite week, and figured it was a good time to revisit :)

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lawchicky

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from: lawchicky
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
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Really well done!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
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Thank you!

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MamaCheshire

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from: cheshire23
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
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I love the image of the breakup restaurant - it really jumped out at me, though all of this is well-crafted.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
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Thank you! I love how when one lives in a city for awhile, the places become colored by experience. Sometimes for better reasons than others :)

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copyright1983

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from: copyright1983
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
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Well done, as I'm coming to expect from you. (Friending you so I don't have to wait to read your stuff.)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
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Thank you! And very glad to be friends for the same reason :)

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Pika the Brazen Ninja

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from: porn_this_way
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
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This was really neat. I don't know ellakite at all, but this poem was intriguing enough to not only stand on its own, but to also make me want to know more about the person who inspired it and what these images represent.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 14th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
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That's something I'm glad to hear :)

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Vice Captain of the Universe

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from: sweeny_todd
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
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this is wonderful! you have written a great piece, and it resonates with what I know of ellakite. *nodnod* I like it.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 14th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! He was a marvelous inspiration :)

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Rattsu

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from: rattsu
date: Mar. 13th, 2012 10:55 am (UTC)
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This was profoundly beautiful.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 14th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Thank you -that means a lot.

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