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Friday, 30 July 2021

EULOGY

 For Michael Byrne...


I imagined I'd tracked you down
to one of those hellish concentration camps
in Hitler's nineteen-forties Germany. There,
in Nazi uniform, you stood observing
the mass genocide, your expression almost ecstatic.

Ice blue eyes, clear as the spring sky,
would perhaps meet mine. What then?
Would my blonde hair and pale complexion
save me from the inconceivable horror
inflicted upon my non Aryan contemporaries?

I'd assumed you'd be as brutal and inhumane
in real life too and therefore intensely disliked you.
So convincing you were up there on the screen
that I'd accepted as authentic a persona
well rehearsed - but then something else

in your eyes sent shivers of an altogether
different kind down my spine.
I'd inadvertently caught you unawares
before you'd had time to slip
into your chameleonic public image.

And the discovery was intoxicating:
a clean slate with your face on -
a smile so unexpectedly warm
that it took my breath away,
initiating an inexplicable infatuation.

Tell me, does it really matter
that I'm unknown to you, because
isn't absence claimed to be the heart's inspiration?
Observing your every role
has been the perfect antidote

to the isolation of life in lockdown, 
vastly expanding my restricted world.
In the sleepless hours, I think of you
and search the darkness
for your face...πŸ˜‰





40 comments:

  1. Wonderful. Very fitting for a wonderful actor so convincing at being someone to despised.

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    1. Thank you so much, Anthony!😊😊
      Yes, a very talented actor...and another of my favourites (although I bet you wouldn't have guessed that!πŸ˜‰).
      Have a great day.

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  2. My sweet Ygraine,
    Hope you are in good health.
    Our imagination is our peace and our most imminent danger. We want a better world, without "new Nazis", without terrorism and other violence, without hunger and without viruses. We want a perfect world, but the world has always been perfect, the people who inhabit the "Garden of Eden" are the ones who stain everything with their imperfections.
    Many kisses.

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    1. Thank you dear friend😊😊...yes, I am doing ok now. Am facing surgery, but at least it is much less serious than my doctor initially feared! Yay!
      How very true...this beautiful world forever being raped and abused by those fools who depend upon Her for their very existence. It breaks my heart to see and feel it😒...yet still I live in hope...perhaps I am the fool...

      Many kisses xxx

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  3. Boa noite. Um ator maravilhoso e que passa verdade.

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    1. Good afternoon, friend Luis.
      Yes, one of my favourites...and so talented!
      Thank you so much.😊😊

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  4. Imagination has no limits and in your case (poet) it is beyond limits (exaggerating...).
    This poem dedicated to Michael (familiar?), being a eulogy, is an excellent literary piece.
    Have a nice weekend, my dear friend Ygraine.
    Kisses.

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    1. Imagination has always been my good friend, dear Jaime...and, indeed, sometimes my worst enemy - a result perhaps of living too isolated a life!πŸ˜‰
      Words are my outlet for the tangle of thoughts in my head, that would otherwise drive me insane!! Lol
      Thank you so, so much dear friend...your kind words mean everything to me.😊😊
      Have a good weekend too.

      Kisses xxx

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  5. He is such a great actor, I enjoyed your words ...

    Have a good weekend, keep safe as Storm Evert passes by.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Yes, I think so too, Jan...and he is often so underrated.
      Thank you so much, dear friend.😊😊
      That was some storm, wasn't it?! I hid away indoors.πŸ˜‰
      Much calmer today...until the Max/Lewis battle continues...Lol

      Have a great weekend too.

      Hugs xxx

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    1. Many thanks, Giancarlo!😊😊

      Have a super day. X

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  7. I haven't heard of this Michael before but it is a lovely poem all the same! :)

    Hope you are having a nice weekend :) We enjoyed the summer temps today, even though it's winter!

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Thank you so much, so happy you enjoyed - in spite of never having heard of him!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š
      Oh, so that is where our summer temperatures have gone!! Lol
      Have a lovely day.

      Hugs xxx

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  8. The Poem is dedicated to a specific person, but it actually reflects the expression of your inner contemplation towards a future, which can upgrade life.
    The way in which personal pronouns and intentions compose the sequence of meanings is really impressive.

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    1. Perhaps it is a peculiarity of the way my mind operates, but I have always had this tendency to confuse the personal with the collective when it comes to emotional feelings and imaginings. πŸ˜‰
      Many thanks, dear Giannis...you are so kind.😊😊

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  9. Isolation powerful and inspiring

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    1. Many thanks, Giancarlo.😊😊

      Wishing you a great day 🌞🌞

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  11. i am sure i have seen lot of work by deceased dear Ygraine .

    this was really a beautiful ,poignant tribute to such a fine actor !

    i am always impressed with the strength of your expressions and how deeply you treat to every topic you choose Hats Off To You my Amazingly Talented ,Gifted friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    health ,peace and Happiness to you and loved ones!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, dearest Baili!
      Your kind words of encouragement are so very precious to me. 😊😊
      I hope you enjoyed celebrating the birth of your magnificent country.

      Have a magic filled day, my dear friend.

      Much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  12. I enjoyed reading your excellent poem again.
    Continuation of a good week, my dear friend Ygraine.
    Kisses.

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    1. Always such a pleasure to have you visit, dear friend Jaime...thank you so, so much.😊😊

      Wishing you a fabulous day!

      Kisses xxx

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    1. Many thanks, Alexander...I truly appreciate that.😊😊

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    1. Oh WOW, thank you SO much!!😊😊

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  15. Ygraine, my friend, I find your poem beautiful, and brilliantly written!

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    1. So very good to see you're back, Lon, my friend! Yay!!
      And I'm really happy you enjoyed...many, many thanks.😊😊

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    1. Thank you for this info. I'm glad you found the comfort you were looking for!😊😊

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  17. Sending my good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan...I really, really appreciate that.😊😊

      Have a lovely afternoon.

      Hugs xxx

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  18. i could feel that you're missing someone.. stay safe dear :)

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    1. One of my favourite actors!πŸ˜‰
      Thank you so much for your kind comment.😊😊

      Stay safe too, dear friend xxx

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  19. He is such a great actor, I enjoyed your words ...

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  20. He is an amazing actor! Big Hugs!

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