Category Archives: Poetry

The Happiness Report

Originally posted on David Redpath:
The Happiness Report from the pagan haven of a guarded and gated sunny seaside resort Machine tooled from a block of concrete Then deposited upon a mangrove swamp along a once pristine coast Now a…

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The Gallery of Sin

Originally posted on To Dad With Love Poetry:
Clarity is rarely expected A relaxed focus A pattern out of Pale constellation Provocative Understanding I would never ask you to Explain it away What astonishes me is our ignorance Of our…

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Music from My Movies

Impossible Love The song Impossible Love plays a key role in my film Over-the-Rhine, as indeed it does in my life. Early in the movie, seventeen-year-old songwriter and drug addict Alec has a melody stuck in his head. He attempts … Continue reading

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Dishonest Prayers

Back when I was an atheist, I thought this progressively self-centered mock-prayer by Piet Hein* (below) summed up the essence of faith, that prayer was, in fact, nothing more than a method of brownnosing God in order get what we … Continue reading

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Music from My Movies

The Game Creating music for the films I write and direct has become my principal way of pursuing my “other love.” I embedded Healing River, the song used in the opening of my feature film Over-the-Rhine, in my first Music … Continue reading

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Filling My Glass

Ah, the incessant question: Is my glass half empty or half full? But the real question, I think, is Who’s filling it? (or emptying it) Therefore, I choose to see my glass (if it’s really even mine) as neither half … Continue reading

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Earworm

Behold I had the song “Dancing Queen” stuck in my head I wept I repented of all that had brought me unto this piteous place Yae, verily I did gnash my teeth and pray for deliverance Yet naught would avail … Continue reading

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