May. 10, 2022

Roots and Wings

From the age of five my lift off
out of the grey concrete fifties
was the magic of musicals on film

I lived for the plush seat the darkened
space where quite quickly I vanished
into the screen and joined them

I was Mickey Rooney to Judy Garland
The Student Prince in Heidelberg
Danced George Chakiris in West Side Story

I played every romantic lead
down all those years enveloped in each film
sometimes not returning for days

After a matinee that imprinted me
the world was an alien place
with its cacophony and blasting light

I became the original escapologist

Peter Clarke
May 2022

Peter Clarke