A Dream, Not a Nightmare


“It was a dream, not a nightmare, a beautiful dream I could never imagine in a thousand nods. There was a girl next to me who wasn’t beautiful until she smiled and I felt that smile come at me in heat waves following, soaking through my body and out my finger tips in shafts of color and I knew somewhere in the world, somewhere, that there was love for me.”

Jim Carroll
The Basketball Diaries
1978

 
 

Patti Smith and his friend Jim Carroll. Photo (possibly) by Robert Mapplethorpe, ca. 1969-70

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