i can give you nothing

i can give you nothing –
whatever paltry coffers once I owned
have been pillaged through extravagance and greed

i can give you nothing –
in my haste to flight I signed away the rights
to any shelter

i can give you nothing –
my few gems are semi-precious, not to mention paste,
and since I bathe in silver moonlight
rather than the glint of golden sun
there is no hidden treasure even there

i can give you nothing –
i have sold my loaves of bread for feral flowers,
bartered all my wine for flimsy film

so here, spread out before you like the scanty, ragged wares
of some street vendor, are my holdings:
one heart – slightly tarnished, needing to be polished gently
one spirit – full alive and optimistic for reasons all unknown
one mind – the rambling wayward landscape of a dreamer
one body – throbbing, but imperfect in its faded afterglory
one smile – fraught with promise if it’s promise that you want

but if these few possessions cannot quench the thirst you suffer
after miles across the barren sands of latelife disappointment
pass me by without a whisper,
let me look for sweeter solace,
leave this tinker’s tatterdemalion of the marketplace
in peace

© 2013 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

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What remains after a tumultuous life.


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  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 1 year ago

    One of your best!

  • Thanks, Stephanie…I’m writing my autobiography one poem at a time.

    – RC deWinter

  • devotee1
    devotee1over 1 year ago

    Outstanding! A diamond of poetry!

  • Curtsying in appreciation.

    – RC deWinter

  • spaceboy7
    spaceboy7over 1 year ago

    this was such a treat to read, just flows so beautifully. thanks for sharing

  • I’m so glad it speaks to you, I appreciate the kind feedback, thank you.

    – RC deWinter

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