My Angel

What do you see Looking down from Heaven’s perfection To earthly chaos It seems you should feel horror Disgust at the gutter where we crouch Squabbling mindlessly over scraps But your compassion is beyond us Your love unfathomable With a flutter of shining feathers you come With tears for our suffering Your eyes flame with…

Review “The Thin Man” (1934)

An oldy but definitely still a goody, “The Thin Man” is based on a Dashiell Hammett novel of the same name. William Powell and Myrna Loy star as Nick and Nora Charles, a detective and his wife who become embroiled in a murder investigation, in this classic mystery/comedy. It has a cast of bizarre characters…

Anger

Sparks set a conflagration Ending life in immolation Fury fans the flames Until only ash remains Dragon rises from the pyre And dances in the morning fire Scorched earth and bitter dust Melted hearts and blistered trust Blazing anger burns to death Fiery wrath until last breath

Feathered

Owl flies silently through the night Robin sings in the early dawn Eagle soars in the midday sun Nightingale closes the twilight chorus Skies are filled with the songs of flight Floating on wings which dance through the night Beaks trill arias into the light Feathered creatures help us to see We too can spread…

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time There was a castle, a palace, a kingdom There was a beautiful princess, a handsome prince There was a king and queen, wicked, or benign A wizard counsellor, a fairy godmother A dark forest, a magical tower A witch, an elf, a dwarf Mystical creatures and charmed artifacts Once upon a…

Review “I walked with a zombie” (1943)

“I walked with a zombie”, in spite of it’s incredibly lurid, B-movie title, is surprisingly decent. The main character Betsy Connell (Frances Dee) is a nurse who is hired to go to a Caribbean island (fictitious, but with similarities to Haiti), to look after a sugar plantation owner’s sick wife. Tom Conway plays Paul Holland,…

Homogeneous

There were fields once Green and free There were sheep, and horses All gone now Ripped up and subdivided Sold off in job lots To well-heeled developers To flog their newest vision for urban living Homogeneous housing Little boxes all in a row Cell-block chic in tasteful grey A homily of conformity And a litany…

Flow

Like tasting summer Like sipping the sweet floral air The flow of life bears us forth From golden shores to seas of living light We paint with the colours of music We listen to the heady sounds of love We touch the diamond sky We dance arm in arm with the stars And there, behind…

Instar

Between one state of being and another Between inception and culmination I exist in flux Transitioning from birth to final flight Hovering between realities In the excruciating beauty of metamorphosis There is no butterfly without caterpillar There is no completion without instar Cell by cell, fragment by fragment I recreate myself Instar - a phase…

Review “Cat People” (1942)

“Cat People” is a fantasy/horror B movie, directed by Jacques Tourneur. It is one of the films of the period produced by Val Lewton, who has become well-known for his production of these types of films that are a cut above the quality of this sort of film. While “Cat People” has many flaws, it…