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Friday, 30 August 2013

ODE TO ROBERT DE NIRO

Deep in the heart of New York, deep
in that foreign land, your father -
like mine here - lived out his life.
On opposite sides of the Atlantic
those parallel, yet disparate lives
instilled into each of us unique aspirations
through childhood, adolescence and beyond,
that made us who we are today.

You found fame, are celebrated worldwide
for your trademark brand of gangland violence.
But I have glimpsed something else
embedded in that shocking fa├žade -
an inner sensitivity: a contradiction
that mirrors my psyche's painful longing
for something you could never feel
for a mediocre English poet.

Still, you are as close to me as the heart
beating inside my thorax; as my complicated need
to see your eyes focus on mine; to hear my name
spoken in your distinctive accent.
Please
           let deja vu kick in...

mine is the face that crops up
often in the background of your dreams:
barely noticed, soon forgotten,
yet persistent -
because energy follows thought...

and I am the stranger who shares your life,
distantly, in another time zone.
I think they call me "fan".

23 comments:

  1. Wow this is amazing...you know he could have a press assistant that searches newspapers clippings, magazines and the internet for anywhere his name is mentioned so just hold on....

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    1. Now you are scaring me! Haha:D
      I mean...I would be SO embarrassed!

      Many thanks, Lorraine xx

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  2. Like you, I am a fan. Whether it is his "you lookin' at me?" or his "enthusiasm, enthusiasm, enthusiasm" in The Untouchables, the guy's been there, done it and done it again. I have just come back from a lovely stay in the British countryside, in Shropshire, and whilst there we all watched Meet the Fockers again. He was brilliant in it, as so were Barbra and Dustin. :-)

    Great poem. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. Oh I love that movie too. I have watched it three times so far. I have watched most of his movies, although some have been a bit difficult to stay to the end.
      Still, that is the nature of a truly great actor - the ability to play ANY part.
      So good to hear you are a fan too!
      Many thanks :)

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  3. I'm a huge fan od Deniro...one of the greatest actors of all-time.

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    1. :)!

      I wholeheartedly agree, fellow fan!
      Many thanks:)

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  5. Great poem. Though I, being into art have always been more impressed with his dad… A well know abstract artist.

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    1. Yes, of course.
      I must look up some of his work, both the art and the poetry. I guess that great talent is in the family genes!
      Thank you, Anthony:)

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  6. That was awesome!
    Bravo!
    Robert would be pleased, I am sure!
    I really like him too!

    Margie
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Margie!
      Oh I hope he would...I would hate to cause offence to someone I so admire.
      Really great to have found another fan too! xxx

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  7. Not bad "for a mediocre English poet"!
    Love, a fan. :)

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    1. Oh thank you Gnome.
      Coming from so talented a poet, that is such a compliment!:)

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  8. Oh I can't wait to see his response, that tells how magnificent YOU are...

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    1. Oh you are so kind, Lorraine.
      Thank you so much.xxx

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  9. beautifully expressed and i love him too!

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    1. Many many thanks, Feathers!
      So great to hear from you x

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  10. Totally enthralling, a superb conceit, well worked out and capable of being taken much further, I would guess.

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    1. Oh thank you, Dave! That is so kind of you. Can't tell you how much it means to me.:)

      Do hope you are OK.
      You are always in my thoughts.

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  11. Just came by to read this again as I really think it's awesome and to thank you for always leaving such kind words on my posts.
    You are wonderful!
    xx

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    1. Oh Margie...I don't know what to say!
      Your kind words have brought a lump to my throat. Truly.
      Thank you...from my heart xxx

      I love your blog - your beautiful poems are so honest, so real. It is such an honour to have the chance to read them.
      I am so grateful to have found you xxx

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  12. Absolutely superb, just what I have become accustomed to when reading your outstanding poems! I think perhaps he should be
    honored to have such a poem written about him! :)

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    1. Oh Rose, your kind words brought a tear to my eye. Truly.
      I am astounded...honestly regarded this as a mediocre offering. I tried and tried to find the appropriate words, but finally gave up and posted it as it was.

      You have surprised me so pleasantly...thank you from my heart.:)

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