Reveries by Neil Fulwood

Right now you’re lounging
in one of the pleasant moments
from the Symphonie Fantastique
 
the whirling glamour of the ball
or the dreamy pleasures
of the scene by the brook.
 
What’s your poison? What
takes your fancy? What’s the worst
that could happen? It’s fine; really.
 
What’s a little shortcut to regret
amongst friends? Never mind
that brash flash of light –
 
just a reflection off the mirrorball.
Press photographer? What
press photographer? Did you know
 
that paparazzi comes from
the name of a character
in a Fellini film? Worth seeing.
 
We’ve called you a taxi,
by the way. Thanks for coming.
Might be a while till the next time.
 
The Symphonie Fantastique?
Here, borrow the CD. Hang on to it
as long as you like. The march
 
to the scaffold – that’s the best bit,
that’s what will be starting
any time now: pushy reporters,
 
pundits, the turning of heads
and swivelling of eyes, a nation
of curtain-twitchers giving it
 
their passive-aggressive best.
The witches’ Sabbath –
the moody final movement
 
with its clanging bells – that’s
the psychology of the whole thing,
how it gets to you, gnaws
 
at you, won’t leave you alone.
Neil Fulwood is the author of film studies book 'The Films of Sam Peckinpah'. His poetry has been featured in The Morning Star, The Stare's Nest, Butcher's Dog, Monkey Kettle, Nib Magazine and Ink Sweat & Tears. He divides his time between the pub and cinema, and somehow manages to hold down a day job.

Neil Fulwood is the author of film studies book ‘The Films of Sam Peckinpah’. His poetry has been featured in The Morning Star, The Stare’s Nest, Butcher’s Dog, Monkey Kettle, Nib Magazine and Ink Sweat & Tears. He divides his time between the pub and cinema, and somehow manages to hold down a day job.

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