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Sunday, July 4, 2010


Harvey and I sit in the bars… have a drink or two… play the juke box.
And soon the faces of all the other people they turn toward mine and they smile.
And they’re saying, “We don’t know your name, mister, but you’re a very nice fella.”
Harvey and I warm ourselves in all these golden moments.
We’ve entered as strangers - soon we have friends.
And they come over… and they sit with us… and they drink with us… and they talk to us.
They tell about the big terrible things they’ve done and the big wonderful things they’ll do.
Their hopes, and their regrets, and their loves, and their hates.
All very large, because nobody ever brings anything small into a bar.
And then I introduce them to Harvey… and he’s bigger and grander than anything they offer me.
And when they leave, they leave impressed.
The same people seldom come back; but that’s envy, my dear.
There’s a little bit of envy in the best of us.

-Elwood P. Dowd


  1. A bit like blogging really - "we entered as strangers - soon we have friends."

  2. Waow. This is great!

    Kate x

  3. Beautiful piece of writing, thank you for sharing it; it was a real delight to read.

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  5. ....Petty Witter said...
    A bit like blogging really - "we entered as strangers - soon we have friends."
    I agree. beautiful writing ^_^

  6. beautiful and true.
    xoxo, Melissa

  7. Beautiful! Did you write it yourself? Thanks for the comment :)

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  9. wow...that's magnificent. I love these quotations you choose to post here and it doesn't necessarily have to be Sylvia Plath :)

  10. hope you had a fab weekend xxxx

  11. I love this...It reminds me of this old dive of a bar here in Tucson...When you leave there it is like you have met the best friends of your life...LOL! (could be the booze though)

  12. Beautiful.


  13. That was a very nice story. Very well written!


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