all those inkstained fingers

everyone has a story of their own, and
every story should be told.

but you know, there’s only so many stories that can be told
the morals and feelings and ideas will always remain the same
being repeated over and over and
over

and then a storyteller comes along
and places new characters and settings and styles lovingly
into the ancient, recycled stories.

and she’ll tell about night trains to Memphis
and princesses fighting curses
and adventures under the Paris moon and the Moroccan sun

she’ll tell about murder most foul
and artists starving in the slums of New York
and pirates on their great adventures

because, really, every story has already been told
but they still come back
playfully nudging the storytellers of each generation
to breathe life into them

and let them live again.

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