Thursday, May 02, 2013

the projectionist

at the ua mather auto movies
when i was 6 or 7
the projection booth
was right in the middle of
the drive in and i often
walked passed it on
my way to and from
the playground that was
situated beneath the screen
one very hot august night
when i was 6 or 7
the door to the projection booth
was open and i looked inside
on my way to and from
the playground that was
situated beneath the screen
inside was an old rotund man
sitting on a rotten green recliner
a thick paperback in his hands
in the midst of a bruce lee
marathon oblivious to the kid
who was utterly fascinated
by this life in the movies


At 5:36 PM, Blogger Richard said...

Good poem! ua mather?

At 8:48 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

united artists [as in the movie studio] mather [a nearby air force base that employed hundreds of civilian workers. made that part of town a boom mini-city until the base closed down]

At 9:31 PM, Blogger Richard said...

Thanks! Where are you in the US?

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Richard said...

I've got it now. In California. I eat oranges from there. I put them in the fridge and they are like a

I don't see much NZ fruit (sometimes do) but seasonal things mean the local fruit is sometimes more expensive than say the US or Aussie...

At 11:07 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

hi richard, the orange trees have already blossomed and now we are nearing the end -- so the forcasters tell us -- of a heat spell. it gets very hot here in summer and the light is changing now toward a flourescent white light of summer.

one of the beauties of living in california, access year-round to fruits and veggies. bananas don't grow here, they are imported from costa rica and ecuador and like countries, but are cheap and i've cut down my daily intake of bananas from somewhere around eight to two a day.

At 1:56 AM, Blogger Richard said...

Sounds great. It is the sunshine State or is that Florida? Oranges grow here but up North (mostly). We had a very hot summer drought but now it is quite cold and raining. Will see how it goes.

At 9:50 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

hi richard, at the moment we have a very wet spring storm. it's been very dry and hot for the past two or so months. a little unusual for this time of year. but today and tomorrow is a very strong storm cell that dropped a veritable typhoon on us this afternoon. it is a lovely spring respite from the pollens in the air. and the air smells a bit cleaner too, washed all the smog from the sky. at least for the moment.


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