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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


by Rick Mullin


Of course you can relate.  After all,
you were a boy once too. And you might
marry and put one through the system yourself.
I hardly recommend it. But despite
having raised three girls and never having beaten
my wife, I can tell you that Linklater got it right.
He gave us life… to a point.

On technical concept, let’s call it a draw.
But as for my favorite of the two, allow me
to share my experience in movie-going:

Detesting all inside-theater baseball,
I checked out in the early scenes, allowing
confusion to hold sway over narrative.
I sought entertainment in light and color,
haircuts, tits and ass in wardrobe, repartee,
until I saw myself, POW!, who was once a boy
and survived all that. Who was loved but wonders now.
Who has exited the stage door, boarded planes,
attended conferences in underpants or worse,
a recurring dream of dashing to a suitcase
or a car in which my legs are iffy
and the voices in my head surmount facetious,
glib, forgotten or remembered joke.

You didn’t like the ending? Well, I would say
[no spoiler] that the bird was captured by the day.

I will honor your opinion, friend.

But when you are old, and your future is behind you,
watch these films again! Especially if your future
was comprised of bogus costume heroics and
one or two memorable spots on Letterman.

Rick Mullin's poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies. His most recent book, Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle was published in December by Dos Madres Press, Loveland, Ohio.