Film Reel Rolling Backward

A celluloid life

is easier

Splice and mend

cut out the mistakes

Erase the grief


The year I spent fucking my way across Europe

Sam & Dave spilled out over pirate airwaves

off the Isle of Man


Possibly that

could be discarded

Culls for the cutting room floor.


I was Mustang Sally

doing desperado sex,

on-the-run-no-questions-asked sex.

unprotected sex

In a time of free love


What I needed


was comfort

Relief from the pain


Cut and splice

his death

so shattering it could have been my own

So young


But we cannot roll back the film

We go on

All those mistakes

make us who we are


[Scintilla Project prompt, day 10: 1. Sometimes we wish we could hit the rewind button. Talk about an experience that you would do over if you could. If you would like to sign up for this storytelling fortnight, click here, or on the icon in the right menu. It’s Scintilla. It pushes your boundaries.]

  4 comments for “Film Reel Rolling Backward

  1. 25/03/2013 at 12:10 pm

    I loved it, Sarah. And so timely. Poetry Month is coming up in April. Hope I followed you correctly …

    • 25/03/2013 at 1:10 pm

      You are too kind, Silvia, both for your comments and your follow. Yes, I saw that NaPo is happening in April…. might just do that!

  2. 23/03/2013 at 9:49 am

    Hi, Myra. Yah, I make a stab at writing poetry. I’ve had a couple published but mostly I do it sort of like this one, string some words together as they pour out of my memory/head/emotions and see where they go. This one could use polishing, I think… but there it is. And, yes, it is funny what we regret and interesting that the more I work on this supposed memoir, as Paul P. likes to say, the more that summer–the dividing line–comes rushing back.
    Sarah Corbett Morgan recently posted..Film Reel Rolling BackwardMy Profile

  3. 23/03/2013 at 6:40 am

    Wow, Sarah. First of all, nice post. I didn’t know you wrote poetry. I’m impressed by your bravery… Sam and Dave, Mustang Sally… boy do they bring back memories.
    Funny what we regret.
    Myra recently posted..The StingMy Profile

Comments are closed.