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(26 September 1944 / Missouri - United States)

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Wrapped In Loneliness

I saw the gypsy in the park
When the carnival came to town;
'Your future for one dollar' she cried,
She wore my resistance down

After staring at my hand awhile
She said, with a worried sigh:
'You're a woman wrapped in loneliness,
Lonely 'til the day you die'

She looked at me with a kindly smile,
Mixed with pity and sorrow;
Did she think I took her seriously?
No one can predict tomorrow

I look at that same hand today,
The memories - how they sting!
A lonely hand that no one holds,
My finger, wearing no one's ring

It was a time of hope and dreams
When the gypsy read my palm;
How could she know, I ask myself,
Sitting alone in the evening's calm

Lips that kissed mine made promises
They did not intend to keep;
And eyes that looked at me lovingly
Sank to deeds that were dark and deep

What did the gypsy see that day
While looking at my hand?
Why didn't she tell me all my dreams
Would be built on shifting sand?

Was it fate, was it written in stone
What the fortune teller prophesied? ;
Over and over I hear her words:
'Lonely 'til the day you die'

Submitted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 15, 2013


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  • Merov Tachgovirian (1/26/2014 9:34:00 AM)

    10! Some people could seriously learn from your work. You are really good poet in my opinion.

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  • John Brown (10/14/2013 6:55:00 AM)

    Strong stuff Lora, which I would hope is not factual.

  • Kevin Halls (8/25/2013 3:54:00 PM)

    If this is about you Lora it is sad to read as you seem such a cheerful positive person.
    I wouldn't take notice of the Gypsy lady though as she told me I'd be very rich and married happily to the same woman for life.Well I'm always skint and our marriage wasn't for life!
    Keep smiling!

  • Yasmeen Khan (8/20/2013 1:22:00 PM)

    It's gloomy and pessimistic poem written with an emotional pen.

  • Tiku . (8/17/2013 7:49:00 AM)

    Thought provoking write.every stanza is closely related deeply to life.liked it.

  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (8/16/2013 1:47:00 AM)

    This is amazing poetry, Lora, one of your bests in recent times.

  • Lyn Paul (8/14/2013 8:32:00 PM)

    What a fabulous write. A true 10 and one I would love to save. Thank you

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