KEITH FORDYCE AND A PHOTO OF MY PARENTS

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KEITH FORDYCE AND A PHOTO OF MY PARENTS

A first kiss on the battlements

with your daughter's friend

while everyone drank downstairs

and Harry Worth for company

as my father hopped around

taking snapshots of actors.

 

You interviewed celebrities,

hosted music shows and quizzes

but looked better on screen

than in the cold flesh of reality

pottering unshaven, hung-over

on the flip side of fame's razzle.

 

Now unearthed, old photos

capture you and my parents,

sleek-haired, glamorous as stars

but lacking necessary talent,

all the same, it's folk like you

who shaped their dreams.

 

Last week, an online search

revealed your death some time ago

and I can't find the country club

these days on modern maps.

It was another world back then,

now vanished in a cloud of years.

 

Sarasvati 057, May 2020. Editor Dawn Bauling.

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john short

Mon 1st Jun 2020 00:22

Hi Mortimer,

Thanks for that. I'll look for the film.

MortimerBlooming

Sun 31st May 2020 16:33

The reminisce of the old world is something that will leave us always in awe and wonder,

Watch Midnight in Paris starring Owen Wilson, it's a beautiful movie based on this phenomena

Mortimer

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