A celluloid life
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
could be discarded
Culls for the cutting room floor.
I was Mustang Sally
doing desperado sex,
In a time of free love
What I needed
Relief from the pain
Cut and splice
so shattering it could have been my own
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.
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I met Ross Eldridge through my online writing critique group, The Internet Writing Workshop (IWW). As a mark of his writing ability, I felt I knew him personally even though we had never met.
His prolific works were always filled with life, wit, charm, and British intellect at its very best. I loved his long and looping essays that started in one place, and like any good, long story, encompassed many subjects before returning to wrap up at the end.
We corresponded outside the workshop and I came to know him and his little dog, Cailean, through his blog and irregular letters several of us continued long after he left the critique group. So when I heard this week he recently died of cancer, I felt as though I had lost a good friend. One of his last Tweets: “Well, if this is cancer, I don’t think much of it.”
Rest in peace, Ross. Wherever you are, I hope they have plenty of paper and pens available (or computers, I know you’d love that!), and an ample supply of small Dachshunds for you pleasure. Maybe just one; I know that would make you happy. I would love to hear from you about the people you see on the other side and how things work over there. Write me a letter because I miss your voice.
God speed, my friend.
You can find his essays at Barking Mad in Amble by the Sea and there is an extensive set of essays at the Camroc Press Review/ Ross Eldridge.