EDENBRAY in EXILE – 11 – what did you see at the movies?

‘Edenbray in Exile’

A Retrospective Anthology of Poetry, Articles and Essays



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



About edenbray

I am a writer ... a beat poet who began writing poetry way back in 1966 ... 'edenbray is born ugly, wet, covered in blood, mucous & bodily functions, the effluence of my short life' ... I recently published my 1st solo Anthology - the best of 60 years writing - previously I ran my own Art Supplies Store for 40 yrs before I became a full-time writer I am a Blogger who has posted 1,000 poems - available in 24 themed booklets ... please ask for details + leave a 'like' or a comment for my encouragement, thank you so much for listening - I truly value your opinion on my work ~ in fact I literally survive on your creative input ~ edenbray
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