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Cheese, Crackers and Champagne with Conrad Aiken



Cheese, Crackers and Champagne with Conrad Aiken
By wickedhart on 02/20/2007
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I can hear the ghosts of Savannah
Their voices whisper on the breeze
In this Georgia twilight
I am on a quest
A quest for inner peace, a little self-discovery a whole lot of enlightenment

I grab my blanket, my basket and head off to my destination
I know where I am going although I have never been here before
It takes me a few minutes to find the spot
And I arrive a little out of breath and slightly exhilerated

It is there, where I knew that it would be
The headstone that marks the grave
Of Conrad Aiken
I stand there for a moment, deep in thought
Mesmerized by that stone
With a few words written that sums up a life
His life yes, but it does not sum up the person
The man

I spread the blanket out and then I sit down
I empty the basket of its contents
I take out a plate of cheese and crackers
Covered with plastic wrap and a bottle of chilled champagne and two glasses
I pop the cork and pour

If Conrad Aiken were here drinking champagne and eating cheese and crackers
We would have a rollicking good conversation
Not about his poetry
But about the psychology, the philosophy of man
About a poet hardly anyone reads or even remembers

Who inspired you?
Did the traumatic event in your childhood shape who you became?
Tell me you secrets as I drink a toast to you

The glasses are empty
The bottle is empty
I am pleasantly drunk
I lay down on the blanket, counting the twinkling stars
I wonder what time they lock the gates
My quest for self-discovery long forgotten as I fall asleep with Conrad Aiken
On this August night....

© By wickedhart On 2/20/2007 10:12:40 AM
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