See, it hasn't been done, making a movie from a book of poems.
Well yes, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats did give us that musical.
And yes, there are some problems, continuity and such. Still...
Already I'm scouting out locations:
The cave where Lot and his daughters settled.
Road from Anacapri down to the Blue Grotto.
Field of purple bluebells.
Thick-walled jail in Lilith.
You think I'm egotistical, making a poem about making a movie out of my own poems?
What about Yeats and his circus animals?
(Not much of an accomplishment, being no more egotistical than Yeats.)
The nice thing about casting is, I'm not constrained by money or time.
I can put Humphrey Bogart and Julia Roberts in the same scene
and make them each any age I like.
For narrator, I'm thinking of Tom Cruise,
but I'll probably settle for Woody Allen.
Maybe you can help. Who should do
Eve of Earth, Eve of Life, Adam, Sophia, the Chief Ruler,
the banker's wife, the commuter, the traveler, the gentle butcher,
the piano student and her teachers,
Laurie and her lovers, Heidi and her father, Owain and the princess,
the girl who offered me wings?
Some things here you don't recognize?
Buy the book.
Or wait for the movie.
She mad, he mad, we mad
From the bang bang
Of the tom-toms
On the hill
The crowd yells and the fans
Thrash their pom-poms.
But over the hill
In the odd land of
I made a discovery.
Softness lures things
into different form.
Down toward the valley,
A grove of gray hackberry trees
Rake and scrape the wispy sky.
Gutteral sounds come tumbling down,
Shaking the bark as branches sort and sift
The duple march of sound to muted tones.
In the valley leaning against a tree
Friends sit and eat a picnic treat,
Sandwiches and Pomme frites.
Ancient men sit quietly
Hunched over great tomes
Each line a balance of what
Is wise and true.
By the glistening, rippling river
A player blows gentle notes
Upon a simple reed
And looks up to take in the expanse
Of the grand, blue dome.
--Published in the March, 2001 issue of Byline magazine
Standardized tests for professional wrestlers is now mandatory
However, scores necessary to achieve WWF status
equal that of illiterate medieval mongrels.
There are now more PH.D.'s
working in fast food
the crispier fries.
After acquitting a Black man
of assault charges, the all White jury
was arrested after attacking the defendant
outside the court house. Since the climate in Wash., D.C.
has not changed for decades the now capitol of the United States
is Topeka, Kansas. In an effort to enliven bored suburban Americans
Zapatista rebels from the jungles of Southern Mexico have been
Patrolling quiet cul-de-sacs in ski masks and speaking a
derivitave of Spanish that cannot be checked-out
on language tapes at the library. A homeless
man gave his State of the Street address
to a throng of well-wishers which
included one liver diseased
"There are more down sides
than up sides living day to day,"
said the man who could not identify him
self since he had no forms of identification.
"You may forget your name but if you find loose
change suddenly you become Chairman of the Board."
An independent inquiry into whether or not the U.S. government
is working at peak efficiency had to be delayed after several peak efficiency
experts contracted Legionnaires Disease at a tight-lipped banquet sponsored by
a faction of conservative Democrats calling themselves "The Chosen Ones."
International Intimate Apparel Day came and went with nobody noticing.
The world's smallest undercover detective was arrested after hiding
in the cleavage of a shoplifter. On the first day of Spring
a hawk gnawed a mouse, a dog chased its tail, a schizo
phrenic son stabbed his corporate dad, a toll
booth operator embezzled a little bit
more and a church loosing
parishioners put God
Just the finest trace of snow fell
unseen yet tingly on my face,
and the streets were whitening under
a semi-coating of this semi-snow.
I knew the moon was up there but
clouds were having their way.
I walked familiar streets,
my neighborhood oddly hushed--
no traffic, dogs all quiet indoors.
Far off I heard the muffled horn
of a diesel engine pulling its
rumbling train along the single
trunk line past the edge of town.
With each crossing its wail and
rumble became a little louder,
and then each wail became quieter
until silence comforted the streets
like a forgiving mother after
her child's necessary cries.
All of us had our way tonight--
the snow was able to hint of itself,
my footprints showed I'd been there,
the train took some of the silence,
and midnight was allowed its hush.
Now my coat is hanging to dry
and I know where the moon is.
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