KEY WEST

A weekend away
With thoughts of you
You were so handsome
A dream come true.

Your house, a museum
I toured it six times
Hoping your spirit
Might connect with mine.

Six toed cats
And chandeliers
Brought in from Paris
Maintained through the years.

Your studio awaits
Just up the stairs
Your typewriter quiet
Wishing you were still there.

Your pictures and stories
Told time and again
Related encounters
Your crimes and your sins.

The drinking, the bars
The trips far from home
The women who loved you
Couldn’t leave you alone.

Adventure and risk
You were so bold
So charming, alluring
Like the stories you told.

Your life filled with passion
You wasted no time
Inscribing your thoughts
Losing you…. such a crime.

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Image from Google Images: historickansascity.org

Author: Patty Richardson

Writer: Film scripts, poetry, short stories.

15 thoughts on “KEY WEST”

      1. Have you read Hemingway in Love. (A book by another author about his various affairs and loves). I fell in love with him all over again! There was a vulnerability to him that was special.

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    1. I love him! Have you ever seen the movie, ISLANDS IN THE STREAM? George C. Scott is the lead actor. It’s one of my favorites! It was one of Hemingway’s novels, published after his death. I just came back from Key West , where I toured his house. It was incredible! Descendants of his original 6 toed cats are there. Going to go back. Need to see his house, again. Thank you for your comments! Hope you have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ’™

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      1. No, I haven’t seen that movie. His home sounds like a fascinating place. We used to vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho when I was a child. Hemingway lived in Ketchum, which is only about 7 miles away. He came to Sun Valley to collect his mail, as they had a post office. We were there just a few months after his suicide. It was all the talk at the time.

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  1. Wow! Thatโ€™s something! Thanks for sharing! Itโ€™s so sad! He was truly amazing… a real manโ€™s man!!!!! Iโ€™ve looked at a lot of photos of him, online. There are pics of him on the porch of his house in Key West and pics of him , in his studio…. there. It all still looks the same. And, the six toed cats are there, too! Very cool! I canโ€™t wait to go back there!

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  2. Thank you for helping me experience the ( virtual)tour of Hemingway House. It is a must do whenever I visit Key West. A fun time travel experience.

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    1. It was wonderful! I can’t wait to go back and walk through his house, again. I’ve been looking online at pics of him. It’s cool to see photos of him…. sitting on the porch and pics of him…. with his cats…after being at his house.. Really cool! Thanks for reading my blog and for commenting. ๐Ÿ’™

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