A female avatar in rainfall wearing a fur and a mask

Felique Dupré in the Haunted World: Among the French Cymbalists


She has strolled the
twenty yards among
the desperate Italians
who sleep on fine couches
beneath that crummy hotel
over Washington Square.

The wind as a Southern Storm
lifts her up to the land of
wildflowers and Irish seascapes.

Flemish belles wring

A clarion call!
An armistice! And
Felique is alone on a
subway that goes

As surely as the clock ticks,

Just as surely there is a way
to escape the Village

But for Felique, whose anguish
has never been televised

And whose skirts are off the rack

There is no escape to money
and romance.


This poem was first posted in March 2015


Poem and Image Rob Goldstein (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved



19 thoughts on “Felique Dupré in the Haunted World: Among the French Cymbalists

  1. This is vividly atmospheric. At first I thought it was Trina in the image. Is Felique a character (or an alternate) with whom I’m not acquainted? I believe you’ve mentioned having a Felicity character too. Regardless, this is quite well done, Rob. Hugs!

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    1. Felique is a character in a series of short story/poems loosely based on the 1981 film, Clash of the Titans. Her Lover is Marcy Bloomingdale of Queens, New York. One day Marcy wakes up to find Felique gone. A hag appears in Marcy’s bathroom mirror to reveal she is really Persephone, ex-wife of Hades. The Hag tells Marcy that Hades took Felique to the underworld. The story is kind of weird.

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      1. I’ve always liked this image too, Teagan. I took this shot in 2015, before Linden Labs improved avatar technology. It’s easier to take photos like these with the new technology. I just re-read the story. Trina is introduced at the end.

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  2. Not sure I understand the “deception” connection. Maybe that depends on where the story goes. Or maybe I need to see the film. But I think you absolutely surprise and hook the reader with “no escape to money and romance.” Who hasn’t yearned to escape to that?. ❤


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