The Day an Officer Shows Up Who Looks Exactly like the Actor Gary Oldman

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The Day an Officer Shows Up Who Looks Exactly like the Actor Gary Oldman


Pagán, Darlene, Field


Not when he played a one-eyed pimp

with a gold grille, long opaque nails,

and a scythe scarred around his cheekbone.

Not the gay playwright done in by his lover.

Not the crooked cop in a white suit who blasts

through an apartment door and everyone

inside as he listens to Moonlight Sonata. No,

I'm talking about the one where he plays

Beethoven opposite Isabella Rossellini,

and the bombs fall as his hearing slips

like an unmoored boat, and anguish distorts

his features as he spends the rest of his life

composing under water. He's the one

knocking on the front door as the toast

sticks in my throat and I list all the things

I wouldn't want for him to tell me, weighing

the chances he's only come to ask

for a donation. …

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