fitzcarraldo

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fitzcarraldo n. an image that somehow becomes lodged deep in your brain—maybe washed there by a dream, or smuggled inside a book, or planted during a casual conversation—which then grows into a wild and impractical vision that keeps scrambling back and forth in your head like a dog stuck in a car that’s about to arrive home, just itching for a chance to leap headlong into reality.

that tiny room
the one with the steps to the attic
the one with only bed and dresser

nothing more fits
but the window with the tree
and the sky and the birds

I could leap out that window
like Wendy and the Lost Boys
riding the wind to faraway dreams

I could hide under the covers
with a flashlight and a book
a transistor radio playing

Fly Me to the Moon
I could accompany myself
by singing wishes on stars

on a moon that illuminates all
these yearnings pulsing through
the bloodsongs of my heart

The NaPoWriMo prompt for today was to write a poem inspired by an entry from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. What a wonderful dictionary! I will be visiting it again.

My fitzcarraldo is a bit less intense than Herzog’s…

19 thoughts on “fitzcarraldo

  1. I love this, Kerfe. Have you seen the Herzog film ‘Fitzcarraldo’ with Klaus Kinski? By the way , that was me hiding under the covers with a flashlight and a book, a transistor radio playing – such a long, long time ago.

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  2. Thank you for opening my eyes, I had no idea of this meaning. I know exactly the feeling though. Mine is two persons grabbing each others feet above the head and rolling around like that. Hard to explain, it’s a motion picture. 😀 And you give such a great atmosphere of this room. I see it.

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  3. The notification for this post got lost in my email. I love it–just the sound of the word, which I loved from the movie, too. You really evoked this little room. I felt like I was there.
    I remember hearing about this dictionary before. I need to bookmark it to come back to.

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