Buster Keaton

Whatever the weather gods plan,
flowers always blossom.
Under sunlight, it’s a
lightening blast of colour
crawling through treacle pits.

Under cloud it’s a
slow unfurling of
Buster Keaton’s
black and white rain
in perfect silence.

And it’s always beautiful.


It’s a cloudy day
where waves of grey line the sky
and everything seems numbed and dull.
But the flowers still blossom,
but it’s not like the usual exploded
lightening blast of colour rippling through treacle.

It’s more like a slow turning
projector unfurling Buster Keaton’s train ride
on a screen made of cloud grey grass.

And both instances are always beautiful.

buster keaton 22~~~

Image number one found here: http://vintagechampagnefever.tumblr.com/post/31623568768/buster-keaton-comes-armed-with-flowers

Image number two found here: http://mythicalmonkey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/silent-oscars-1917.html

I prefer the second poem, if that counts for anything.



About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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12 Responses to Buster Keaton

  1. Rowan Taw says:

    Yes, the second one is perfect : )

  2. brian miller says:

    smiles…love that is always comes back to beautiful…def the second half of this is my fav…

  3. The second one is awsome, and it’s beautiful

  4. Rhonda L. Brockmeyer says:

    I like both..the word treacle was used in such a gorgeous way in both. Solid beauty of spring.

  5. 1emeraldcity says:

    The entire poem…i love…that juxtaposition of color and black, grey and white of Keaton is perfect …as are the accompanying photos…fascinating!

  6. Chazinator says:

    This really blew me away. I love Buster and this captures him so beautifully lyrically.

  7. Timoteo says:

    Hmmm…I prefer the first one…”Buster Keaton’s black and white rain” is so descriptive…so perfect.

  8. Beth Winter says:

    Both are engaging but the second appeals to me more. Capturing silent film with words is a challenge. You met it twice.

  9. claudia says:

    very cool…Buster Keaton’s
    black and white rain
    in perfect silence… a wonderful image

  10. I so disagree! The first part/poem is completely sensational – taking something of such intense beauty and wringing it through a filter of emotion, to include Buster Keaton, whose gaze alone is worth 10,000 words…… The hidden meter makes it sing while the very description of something beautiful is beautiful itself…. This is an excellent poem! I would like to have seen the boquet in the picture photo-shopped to bring color to it alone, but stand alone your inspiration was laced through out. The second poem? The second “but” destroyed the rythym for me and it seemed like I could not get over it…. I would remove that, but am still not thrilled with it…….

  11. kelly says:

    Yes, it is always beautiful… Lovely imagery in both of these, I think I actually prefer the first. Well done either way!

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