Saturday, 20 August 2016

beyond the pale


beyond the pale
            to Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP

brother
i never
knew you
in what
we call
'real life'
only knew you
in your 'performances'
on screen
those off-camera
the private agonies
cried out between
you and the mirror
who would guess
or want to guess
knowing you only
for what you
showed in
acting
something beyond
the pale beyond
the crafted few
seconds of word
traded as the
funny guy the
kind nurse* the
tortured darkening
master*
something
i would love
to have talked
with you about
somewhere over a
cup of coffee by a
wide window to
the street
asked you about
that something you
always pulled off
how you
you brought out more
in lonely takes between
the lens and lights than
i have ever shown
in living face
to face and
how
you showed
that failing human
element, the flaw
in the broadness
of heart ever
somewhere
in your eyes
somehow
in your voice
even in the
hands
of victory

                        february 2 – 5, 2014
                         
*refers to his supporting role in ‘Magnolia’

*his role in ‘The Master’

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