my life in greenwich village

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


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
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


Published by Jim Wortham

As a teen, wanted to live from writing poetry. Wrote several books, selling nationally. Hung out with readers throughout the United States. My writing has been on back burner. Now dusting off my desk and have my pen in hand. Hope you enjoy some of what I write.

2 thoughts on “my life in greenwich village

  1. 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.

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