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Poem: My Life as Antoine Doinel

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Poem: My Life as Antoine Doinel

by John Kendall Hawkins


If my life were the longest tracking shot

in cinematic history, I'd run, I'd run

through all the stained-glass stages of the crossroads,

run through early morning streets stealing bottles lit by milk,

run from dream to dream, run passer de la haine à l'amour and back and fro,

run across the frozen one and many rivers, through forests

black and filled with secret saucy ceremonies involving antlers,

and run past gingerbread houses filled with children's laughter

and smoking chimneys, run chased by wolves in red dresses,

run from my credit report, run like I was stealing home plate,

hightail it from authorities sundry, I'd run so hard

the wind would be my path of least resistance,

and run, quarking like a quantum duckrabbit

through multipatches of being and not,

go the distance like the lonely long-distance runner

until I came at last to the licking lips of the sea,

not Moses, no Sartrian exodus, no waves parting for me,

and turn to the reader for the final freeze frame,

Finis! across my face, into the arms of my pursuer,

the dead man I will be.

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Oceania.

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