my life in greenwich village

31 Oct

I can’t remember what year
but I was about 18 or 20 years old
wanting to live
from my writing

 

Greenwich Village in
New York city
seemed the right place
to begin

 

I rented a room at
Greenwich Village Hotel
for less than
five dollars a day

 

I lived on the third floor
there was a bed, window over the bed
the lock on the window did not work
there was a very worn
desk and chair
no closet

 

the rest room area
was public
and down the hall
no privacy
. . . people staring
and me
rushing out as soon
as I was finished

 

I wrote mostly at night
it was hard to sleep
with noise from
residents

 

I suspect there was wine and liquor
flowing all day and all night
many residents
lived there, retired,
cashing their social security check
to pay rent and cheap can food

 

I was lonely
not wanting to meet anyone
there
being lonely can
cause enough pain to write
a steady stream of poetry

 

Night after night I wrote
poems I would later mail
to magazines
in hopes of publication
and payments for any amount
two dollars or more

I hoped
(even though it never happened)
my poems would become
best selling books
selling throughout
the world

 

During the days
I ate cheaply
a slice of pizza,
a small hamburger
or hotdog
usually for a dollar or two
for each meal

Things were cheaper then

 

it took little to live
my dreams were big
there would be
enough time
to reach my dreams

 

the dreams
are dusty now
sometimes I still
see them on a shelf

 

and time, time is running out

 

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2 Responses to “my life in greenwich village”

  1. Mary and Ivy 🐺😊 April 25, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    As I have heard you say many times not to give up on your dreams. I am asking as a friend that you do not give up on your dreams. God’s timing is different than ours keep your writing if it brings you JOY because you can only get JOY from God and I know in the past you have had your Faith call on that my friend.

    • Jim Wortham May 19, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

      Hi Mary, what a joy to receive you comments. May your life be blessed.

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