Sophia White

Rookie ('90 / America)

Abroad Too Long


Walking down the cobbled street,
Wondering distantly how old those stone were
And looking with disinterest at the cathedrals,
And the columns and arches that rise
Like a great garden of stone flowers
That I cannot pick.

Hearing the muted strains of a violin
From some unseen corner where some unseen
Frustrated musician is playing for forints,
And I feel the sorrow in each strike of the bow
Reverberate against my tired bones
In a sepulchral strain.

Thoughtlessly tossing pebbles into the river,
Then realizing I am tossing coins,
So I pour out my purse with melancholic abandon
And let the river have its fun,
Because I have had my fill of it,
And want only to go home.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Edited: Friday, January 28, 2011

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Comments about this poem (Abroad Too Long by Sophia White )

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jonzo Bandwagoner (3/12/2007 2:09:00 PM)

    HEY! We haven't even left yet, and you're sick of it, haha. Nice job conveying such strong emotion. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lin B (3/7/2007 12:44:00 PM)

    Sophia, you are truly talented. This poem is marvelous. Job well done ~Linley~ (Report) Reply

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