Knives Out

Written for:  Poetic Bloominsg2 – Covid-19 P.A.D. – Day 1 – “Grand Re-opening” (movies)

“Hello poets!

We’re re-opening the world today. Here we will not concern ourselves with that insidious viral infection this month. It has done enough harm and taken so much from us without giving us anything in return. A break would be nice.

But as I’ve said, we’re opening things up again. Today, we’re returning to the theater (the movies, in particular). What was the last movie you had seen in a theater setting? Use that title as your title and write your poem. Do not give a synopsis of the flick. Your poem shares titles and nothing more.”

Giant multi-colored
posters of movies
coming soon, tantalize
hallways with silver
swords, and gleaming
steel of action film
cars. Butter scent
of popcorn lures you
to concession stand.
Look at those sizes!
Barrels of popcorn,
kegs of soda. You make
a sharp turn to look
for the theater number
your movie is in–one
amidst twelve, though
some are playing
the same one. In cool,
darkness, you walk
towards your seat. Ah!
there it is, first row behind
railing. You pull rank.
You are a senior,
and this is a weekday.
You are entitled. Lean
back, get comfortable
for the next twenty
minutes of ads, and five
coming attractions.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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