clark gable

May 6, 2007

i was waiting for a cross-town in the
London underground when it struck me
that i’ve been waiting since birth to find a
love that would look and sound like a movie,
so i changed my plans – i rented a camera and
a van and then i called you.
“i need you to pretend that we are in love
again,” and you agreed to.

i want so badly to believe that “there is truth,
that love is real,”
and i want life in every word to the extent
that it’s absurd.

i greased the lens and framed the shot using
a friend as my stand-in.
the script, it called for rain, but it was clear
that day so we faked it.
the marker snapped and i yelled “quiet on
the set” and then called “action!”
and i kissed you in a style clark gable would
have admired (i thought it classic).

i want so badly to believe that “there is truth,
that love is real,”
and i want life in every word to the extent
that it’s absurd.
i know you’re wise beyond your years, but
do you ever get the fear
that your perfect verse is just a lie you tell
yourself to help you get by?

(The Postal Service)

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