One of the memorable scenes in the movie, Cabaret, occurs during the singing of a lovely song, Tomorrow Belongs to Me. The song begins when a young man sings it as an idyllic waltz, but as he sings, his tone hardens, the waltz changes to an aggressive, martial march, and, in a mirrored reflection, a beer-garden gathering changes to a sea of people dressed in Nazi uniforms. The effect is chilling. Write a poem about an unexpected event, or a situation that changes dramatically. This could be something as stark as a snowstorm in August, or as subtle as a clouding of the eyes or a twitch in the face of a friend. The topic need not be grim; comic pratfalls are acceptable too.
MARIE ELENA’S ATTEMPT
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” ~ Ecclesiastes 1:9
in time and perception
and so it goes
and so it will
Until the god I am
for the God I Am.
© copyright 2013, Marie Elena Good
When love dies,
the bluebirds vanish
from the fields
leaving behind the blackness
of swirling starlings.
© copyright 2013, William Preston
LIFE IN A BLENDER
The blades turn at a frightening speed,
indeed they churn and leave a life shredded.
You’re headed for the end of the road
but you will explode if you hold it in.
But you begin to break free
and you can see relief in the distance.
The path of least resistance
stretches a mile between smiles.
Love heals if you can steal such moments.
© copyright 2013, Walter J. Wojtanik