Russell Nero

Rookie - 91 Points (May 25th,1995)

Street Rat - Poem by Russell Nero

Surrounded by sand, clay buildings with hollow insides
for one thousand miles
My secret hiding place overlooking a palace
I wish, I wish I could rest my head there now
instead of wasting away in the figment of my imagination
I'm alone out here, all alone
with my best friend, a performing monkey
a magic carpet
I once had a Genie but I turned my back
and my promise of freedom
transformed into a trick of desire for the heart of a princess
What convinced me in hopes she would be mine
Was it those magic eyes, that beautiful long flowing hair
or it was the starry glow of her face
that night on our magic carpet ride...
I'm such a fool...
I'm banished, for love I am banished
because of a power hungry sorcerer
and it's all my fault
A lonely peasant I am
but I wanted her, Jasmine to see the prince locked inside me
I couldn't let her stomach the sight of the Street Rat
riff raff
and it eats me alive just knowing that
Now I'm building a fire in snow to try to keep warm
but the image of her face forms in sand
and I can't...I can't...
Why can't I just make things right...


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Inspired by Aladdin

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, June 20, 2013


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