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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

THE PROJECTOR

 

by Michael Keshigian

 

 

Upon the old film projector

my father once treasured,

a few revolutions remain,

moaning as it casts

paltry images of black and white

upon the portable screen

as we seek refuge in a bygone era.

Rapt, we stare at the curdled frames

of lost memories, departed parents

and us, their offspring,

squinting at our younger selves,

we frolic under the glow

of ancient lights,

carefree lunges beneath

the cold-water sprinkler

that emanated from rusty faucets

attached to a three-decker abode,

the summers unfaltering,

we gathered, smaller, more flexible,

clowning, our parents, so young,

no wrinkles, more hair,

happy and healthy,

all of us summoned

for a group pose

by the off-screen director.

How silently time runs its course,

with strange, peculiar hints

if the changes are noted.

We yearn to climb back,

recapture innocence and joyfulness

the calm, silver light exudes.

Then it ends, the old reel flapping,

the brief nostalgic rekindling

has also run its course.



Michael Keshigian’s thirteenth poetry collection, The Garden Of Summer, was released April, 2019 by Flutter Press. He has been widely published in numerous national and international journals, recently including Red River Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Oyez Review, Bluepepper, Muddy River Review, and Smoky Quartz, and has appeared as feature writer in over twenty publications with 7 Pushcart Prize and 2 Best Of The Net nominations. (michaelkeshigian.com)

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