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Behind glass, the street is immovable, 
but shift a pane and its throb unsettles dust 
from books.  There are vignettes 
on open display, hanging on lines beside 
work shirts, skipping down sidewalks 
alongside tots with bruised knees. Long ago, 

he’d given his TV to the Goodwill, 
tired of static, its dumbfounded glare. 
He has his solitaire, a pipe, and well-thumbed 
classics. The view competes, often, with Tolstoy 
and Hugo. He allows the distractions, smiles 
one afternoon at Esmeralda dancing 

on the corner, no hunchback in sight, 
her bangles sent sunlight his way. 
The garbage truck comes Tuesdays, 
carrying Odysseus who ignores Lotus-Eaters, 
but nods to Nymphs. Yesterday, 
at the Nine Muses Café, 

he’d met Captain Ahab, wild eyed, 
back from Afghanistan, missing both legs. 
There are epics told on stoops, novellas 
whisper near bus stops. But there is one tome 
he is fearful to read, a mystery 
that unleashes loneliness. 

Each night before ten, someone plays 
over and over again, Rachmaninoff’s Paganini, 
variation number eighteen. The notes, 
the rhapsody, reminds him of browning pages, 
the worn joker in his deck, her face 
that day as he carelessly 

weaned them of chapters, just left, 
and he is forced to remember the paradox 
between a woman’s thighs, a strength so soft,
each night before ten, he becomes 
waif and thief, each night before ten, 
he is confronted by his-story.

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  1. Date: 3/25/2013 5:18:00 PM
    My goodness !!! I've read it three times and find more and more in it. How wonderfully creative this is, as well as fun and a bit sensual. Love it !! Certainly a well deserved first place in this contest !! Congratulations !!

  1. Date: 3/25/2013 2:41:00 PM
    A well deserved win, Cyndi. Just the kind of poetry I'd expect to see in a contest of this caliber. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 3/23/2013 12:24:00 PM
    loving your poem once again.... congrats.... PD

  1. Date: 3/23/2013 9:13:00 AM
    Fantastic! Well deserved win.

  1. Date: 3/23/2013 8:42:00 AM
    I've read this 5 times and taken away more each time--powerful again Cyndi

  1. Date: 3/23/2013 6:41:00 AM
    Great free verse Cyndi! Congratulations on your 1st place finish.

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 7:51:00 PM
    Great use of allusions in this prodigious write, Cyndi!! Im going to fav it! Excellent! Congratulations on your awesome First Place!! Ruben.

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 6:57:00 PM
    Cyndi congratulation on your fabulous win. An exceptional write. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 6:50:00 PM
    Mysterious, deep, playful oh it made me want to go read all those books [but they are very long books!] Congrad's on your stand alone write winning! Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/7/2013 1:11:00 PM
    This was very enjoyable.

  1. Date: 3/6/2013 9:26:00 PM
    lol...i have one of these... poem... called His-STORY... .. I hate the poem...anyways, maybe one day I'll search my box, and post it... good going poem...PD