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The Eclectic Pen - Director's cut

By: Paul H. (nessus19) - ,   + 43 more  
Date Submitted: 1/16/2008
Last Updated: 1/16/2008
Genre: Uncategorized
Words: 156

  The years have gone by—carelessly tumbling over themselves in a mad rush to finish the decade. A chronological cartoon with the days flashing by… each a cel in time’s flipbook. Each growing brittle and yellowing about the edges. The Main Feature, after all, is the here & now. And I watch it (occasionally) in my mind’s eye. Second row. Center.
Seeing her husband put on a few pounds.
Imagining her children celebrating their academic rites-of-passage.
Hoping her daydreams and free form reminiscences find the frame into which I was once so brilliantly painted. We both shone. I thought the image was indelible.
But the story plays out—20 frames per second and 60 beats per minutes. I’d at least like a cameo. The all but forgotten lover who deftly spins out a new story line we both escape into at the end of the second reel.
Fade to black.
It’s callous and childish, I know.
But everyone goes to the movies.

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Marta J. (booksnob) - 1/17/2008 9:37 AM ET
I've seen the very film multiple times. So perfectly written!
Silvercat - - 1/20/2008 12:39 AM ET
Kudos, Paul!
Paul B. - 1/20/2008 3:04 PM ET
thats really cool, and true. have to wonder if you thought of that at the movies.
Silvercat - - 2/28/2013 11:01 PM ET
Wow, Paul! You leave me speechless. Well done!
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