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That Actor Kiss
I kissed my father as he lay in bed
in the ward. Nurses walked on soles of sleep
and old men argued with themselves all day.
The seven decades locked inside his head
congealed into a timeless leaking heap,
the painter lost his sense of all but grey.
That actor kiss fell down a shaft too deep
to send back echoes that I would have prized—
‘29 was’ 41 was ‘84,
all one in his kaleidoscopic eyes
(he willed to me his bitterness and thirst,
his cold ability to close a door).
Later, over a drink, I realised
that was our last kiss and, alas, our first.
——————————-died 3 Oct 1984
Taken from Collected Poems 2001 Gallery Press- (Collection reprinted 2009)
*’29 year of death of Michael’s Grandfather- ‘41 year of Michael’s birth- ‘84 year of his fathers death.
‘Still Hurting’ performed by the Original Off-Broadway Cast (Sherie Rene Scott) of ‘The Last 5 Years. A Musical by Jason Robert Brown.
I loved her simply because I found her irresistible. Once for all; I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I loved her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection..