Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • But sometimes illumination comes to our rescue
    at the very moment when all seems lost; we have
    knocked at every door and they open on nothing
    until, at last, we stumble unconsciously against the
    only one through which we can enter the kingdom
    we have sought in vain a hundred years - and it opens.

    Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

    I am the girl waiting for you in the April rain.

    I am the girl in the Café beneath the Eiffel Tower

    sipping cinnamon tea, and reading Heisenberg,

    trying to understand what the thunder said.

    I am the girl in your poem, the girl in the red beret.

    I am the girl you will never forget,

    because to forget me is to forget your own name.

    I am the one who loves the Doors,

    who placed a bouquet of lilacs on Morrison’s grave

    in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery,

    remembering music that burned with holy fire.

    I am the girl who waits for you every night, in your dreams,

    your Muse, your Muse with a thousand names and faces,

    who offers you delicate bites of a Madeleine,

    remembers the future, speaks in tongues, time travels,

    wonders when this reign will end, and when the new world will begin

    a phoenix rising from those ashes of long ago, again, and again and again.

    (Edited 8/2/12)

    (Photograph by Alex in Paris in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.