Herbie Mann Comin' Home

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mrs.




In a perfect world this would be a space machine and she'd be here herself rather than a closet

we reach into that gap among the rounded hangers and conjure maybe an article of clothing gives a clue.

Part of her is frozen in the image -- that can't be taken of her only what someone misremembers faintly yet as an artifact of beauty but second only to her -- that registers

The rest, the real thing, is flying-off somewhere with the hearts and woe-squeaks of little animals called men.


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18 comments:

  1. I like the soft, dark dig in the closet of time you've described. If I had to choose a face, it would be Rampling's.

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  2. i can look after a little animal named Humphrey bogart!

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  3. Tess,

    Rampling was not in my mind at all when I percolated this over 3 days. This wording didn't come easily. A rough idea of a 'dark haired, Victorian' substitution for La Gioconda, was.

    But when I sought, she popped up, and simply 'fit'.

    Tfool

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  4. Cad,

    Eek, indeed! We have to watch out, sometimes!

    Trulyfool

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  5. Kim,

    This kind of Mrs came out both wanted and wanting. You sure?

    Trulyfool

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  6. Aparna,

    Rampling came last, but she's always been both mysterious and that suited what I'd written.

    Trulfool

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  7. Isabelle,

    Bogart's been one of my idols forever. Manly, with a hidden sensitivity.

    You would be beneficial for him, for sure!

    Trulyfool

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  8. authentic and creative,
    love it.

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  9. Jingle,

    You honor me with that word 'authentic'. I do think it is.

    TFool

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  10. A return, a re-read. The final line is powerfully poetic.

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  11. Inspiring and creative, love it :)

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  12. The Dude Abides.
    T.S.Eliot 'The Journey of the Magi'for you.
    (Two journeys related through paradox)
    A great poem and poet.He is buried near my cottage in Somerset UK.
    I always visit when I return to Old Blighty.
    There is a T.S.Eliot reading every year in the church:never enough seats as he is still enormously popular.
    TDA

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  13. Twords,

    The final line shot up from my throat -- thanks for liking it!

    Tfool

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  14. Marinela,

    Thank you very much! (Like your site!)

    Trulyfool

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  15. Me, Dude,

    At your suggestion, re-read 'Magi'.

    The birth of a realization, certainly. An upset. A finding things now no longer what they were.

    The Kings' journey and Eliot's. The journey to a birth and its promise of death to end death.

    His poetry is great. He takes knocks (as does Modernism itself) for a 'hieratic' stance, not democratic enough.

    Here in the States, always suspicious of rank, it pays little to 'look down' or hold the commonplace accountable for what it is.

    Truly, fool

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