May. 10, 2022

Roots and Wings

From the age of five my lift off
out of the grey concrete fifties
was the magic of musicals on film

I lived for the plush seat the darkened
space where quite quickly I vanished
into the screen and joined them

I was Mickey Rooney to Judy Garland
The Student Prince in Heidelberg
Danced George Chakiris in West Side Story

I played every romantic lead
down all those years enveloped in each film
sometimes not returning for days

After a matinee that imprinted me
the world was an alien place
with its cacophony and blasting light

I became the original escapologist

Peter Clarke
May 2022

Peter Clarke

Latest comments

25.11 | 22:15

Grief is experience through the mundane. Simple but powerful. The accompanying image really compliments the poem.

07.11 | 11:14

Hi Peter,

A great observation! Social media can be a scary place... I also need to reduce my time there



06.11 | 16:24

A great one, Peter, in the context you describe. I don't read social media myself, I doubt my equilibrium could stand it. 'The balance of his mind disturbed' yes, I think it would be.

06.11 | 15:59

Yes, gossip is a weapon of mass destruction.

In my business as well as personal life I have zero tolerance.

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