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In Romania, the gypsies wander
the streets, cold and weary.
Seven times the gypsy boy asked me
for the scarf I wore, haggard and old-
the weight of diaspora is heavy.
Each time I refused. His poverty
made him beautiful, and in the cold
of that December I let him freeze,
to wait for bird songs in the ceaseless din
of city noise in winter skin.
Written for #PoeticalCondition's Contest. Theme: "A Winter Only World"
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
oddly beautiful
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siedhr Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Writer
Have you ever been to Romania?
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penlender Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Yes, I have. Why do you ask?
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siedhr Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Writer
Because I'm Romanian. And I see a lot of these depictions of my country. And it bothers me. That might not have been your intention, still the glamorization of poverty is what struck me negatively.
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penlender Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
That's a fairly legitimate response. I would be bothered if I felt that someone was trying to exploit a problem my country faces as well. Poverty does exist in Romania, but it's not the only thing that exists. I love Romania quite deeply, which doesn't necessarily assuage your concerns, but it certainly makes me confident writing about it in the way I see fit. I appreciate your response, and if you're ever in the mood, I would enjoy discussing this further. 
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madameshadowenn Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there! I'm Jasmine, a staff blogger from :iconpoeticalcondition:. Just to let you know I've featured your piece in this journal: fav.me/d6m91qr
It's a round-up of all of our members who have received a DLD or DD over the past few weeks, so please do check it out!
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Concora Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013   Writer
This is stunning. Congrats on the DLD. :clap:
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:iconpenlender:
penlender Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
words down my throat
like a sugar pill
I'd prefer a pie, cooling
on my window sill
 
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Your wonderful literary work has been chosen to be featured by DailyLitDeviations in a news article that can be found here dailylitdeviations.deviantart.…
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Keep writing and keep creating.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there! Just a note to let you know that I've featured this piece in my journal :)
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