Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

No Curtain Call

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

No Curtain Call

Article excerpt

Today glamour and jesting died

or at least the icons of each,

and obituaries bloomed like

the purple asters of autumn.

There was the sultry spouse

of the hardboiled actor who

abandoned her in a cloud

of cigarette smoke to find

a replica for the rest of her life.

Aged and unseen by the

adoring audience of her youth,

piqued by the smoky voice

and smoldering ga2e,

she lived a full life for

a decade short of a century

with children in attendance.

Her companion in death, if not in locale,

however, hung the not

totally aged body and selected

the permanent solution to

a temporary problem, as

he would have said it as he hung,

but he rendered himself breathless.

The seemingly eternal clown

of childhood grown gray

and in need of funds

vanished in a body bag

brought by the EMS ambulance

and the efficient attendants

who swept up the detritus of suicide. …

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