The Fortune Teller
The lady behind the glass
opens her eyes
as a quarter tings
in the machine.
She lifts her head
in an ever so animated way,
and she speaks,
but behind her animatronic voice
I feel her sadness.
She moves her hands,
fashioned from peach painted plastic,
and she tells from her
painted on smile
of a new beginning.
I find her fascinating
in all the ways she seems like me.
Speaking only when provoked,
and only what has been hardwired into her.
the saddest part of her tragic tale though,
is the smile she's been
programmed to smile
during the worst of times.
I feel her pain,
and I too,
am sick of pretending.
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© 2008 me_the_messenger
Published on Tuesday, August 5, 2008. Filed under: "Poetry"
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On Sunday, May 21, 2023, carlosjackal
Fantastic honest write.
On Friday, August 12, 2011, Devilish
I feel you... Lovely...
On Tuesday, September 23, 2008, Echoes of Orpheus
I actually really liked the depth I derived from this, and I assume it was intentional because of your note to read this poem from your profile. Though I probably saw differently. The last lines, about pretending, were immensely strong here because of the details of a fortune teller. She knows what she's making money from is a lie, and that looking in that ball she sees nothing, always nothing. And yet tells them something anyways. She preaches a lie for a living (I don't believe, some do) and it's hurting her... as you showed it here. If I had a spare fave, I would place it here. I'm sorry to say I don't
On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, Scarrzz
That struck a familiar chord. Your twist at the end had a forceful impact, illustrating how everyone wants to see the plastic fake smile because it's easier for them. Perhaps it would be better to break the glass and scream. *** You might like my "Journey to Nowhere." This one reminded me of it.
On Wednesday, August 6, 2008, Taunting The Reaper
Crushing and the most original analogy I've read in a very long time. Exquisite delivery.