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December 18, 2012
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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
siedhr Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Writer
Have you ever been to Romania?
penlender Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Yes, I have. Why do you ask?
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.
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. 
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:
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!
Concora Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013   Writer
This is stunning. Congrats on the DLD. :clap:
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
DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
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Keep writing and keep creating.
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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