Old Time Movies by Hugh Dysart

Memories, grainy, old time movies

Ragged tape, threads dusty projectors,

flickering over time’s silver screen

A film of stale dreams, on sticky floors,

in a long-abandoned movie house

Long forgotten character actors,

wave in Chaplinesque fashion

Smiling, like someone I should know

Beckoning me into the film, into,

black and white movies in my mind

Heroes, villains, storybook cowboys,

bloodless shootouts in Stetsons

Winners, losers, caped crusaders,

ticket stubs from broken films

Even Superman gets the blues

When the movie is over, no credits roll

In the cold silence, red lights murmur,

communicating nothing to no one

Every moment is a memory,

exiting stage left

Good guys always get the girl,

riding off into a studio sunset

Glamourous debuts, final scenes,

films of memories, shown nightly

In a long-abandoned movie house

© Hugh Dysart

Excerpt from the book “Torn Poems”

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About the Author


Hugh Dysart is a long-time musician, songwriter, poet and lyricist. Hugh has been playing blues and rock for almost fifty years and writing for fifteen. His greatest influences have always been music based, appreciating the genius of both the music and lyrics written by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones. It had has greatly influenced his writing of lyrics.

He has discovered a love of writing poetry and prose; a natural progression as a lyricist. He resides in Timmins, Ontario Canada, with his soul mate and is a father of two and a grandfather.

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