‘Edenbray in Exile’
A Retrospective Anthology of Poetry, Articles and Essays
WHAT DID YOU SEE AT THE MOVIES?
I watched a realtime movie
with trained people playing parts
Technicolour moments caught on cellulose,
just butterflies in pins
Each life a memory, a family, a beginning
a fellows story and a framed end
They earned there ‘fourteen minutes’
and a picture in a rice-paper notebook
Wrote a burned monologue,
drew a vandyke sketch,
sang & danced with the marionettes
Salad-maise dressing to lives lived
in the beam of studio lights,
and a game of penuckle
In all these faint recollections
the absence of detail is frightening
The outline of space describing the seven planets
and the fingers of a child
All of these – the traces that meant something
very real and auburn tangible
To so many, to so few but who now
like leaf-lawn tributes
send skyrockets to the sky
Reminding those of us ‘wee dreamers’ who listen
that in a handful of marbles
You will always find that one special plainsee,
a beachball or maybe a lutz
#Authors Note – As with most items I am currently adding to this 2nd Retrospective of my work, we must constantly encounter the painful reality that many of the things we would normally take for granted and that I may have written about historically are now part of a material world that is slowly changing and has in many ways been ‘put-on-hold’ even if temporarily.
You almost feel the need to provide a burden of proof alongside the subjects raised before one can honestly expect the reader to even begin to read, understand or review the writing or prose itself.
That problem is certainly evident when discussing this latest offering that I wrote in November, 2012. As the subject of the piece kind of revolves around the Movies and/or ‘Going to the Movies’ ? Of course it is vital we hang on to our memoirs and memories of our delayed culture awaiting the News and the all-clear for us to move on with our lives.
Setting aside those more metaphysical issues – the strange thing is that the tone and question of the piece now actually present a new angle to the object of the verse and provide a kind of post-apocalyptic poignancy to its tenor and the probing question – Well, What did You See? Somehow, it seems to have added something that wasn’t there before and that is why I have included it in my collection.
Please read, make your own mind up about it and do your best to comment below, thanks. edenbraytoday