Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Poem for the New Year and a Stab at Benjamin Button Again

I threatened in a post about my lazy Monday to write more about Brad Pitt's new movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which I saw last week, but I haven't reviewed or analyzed it yet. I did, however, listen to Garland Robinette on WWL radio's "Think Tank," who discussed the movie with another local radio personality.

Garland said Benjamin Button is "a love song to New Orleans." The other speaker, who hasn't seen it yet, said people are saying nothing happens in the movie. That's true, I guess, if you're the antsy type who can only appreciate action movies with a good guy, a bad guy, and a goal-oriented plot. Benjamin Button is not that kind of movie.

If Benjamin Button were a book, it would be called a literary piece, not plot-driven but character-driven, something that sticks with you for a while so you can study it from different angles, ponder its meaning.

There was a phrase repeated in the movie, "You never know what's coming for ya," that should be a clue to the astute viewer about any potential meaning the director and screenwriter may have hoped to convey, especially in light of the movie's Hurricane Katrina backdrop. But I'm still not in the frame of mind to analyze Benjamin Button.

Nevertheless, I wrote a poem for the New Year, a poem for myself that I've decided to call "You never know what's coming for ya," as a sort of reflection on the New Year and my life as a woman who's returned home to her city, New Orleans, hoping for a fresh take on the world. Maybe I'm still processing Benjamin Button, but perhaps others will enjoy the poem anyway.

You Never Know What's Coming For Ya
By Nordette Adams

The new year rolls in.
May it not roll over me.
Let me ride its tsunamis,
scale its cliffs,
and drink its sunsets with courage.

The new year rolls in,
comes like the unbelled cat,
but we blow up its dawn with fire.
Let us embrace its promise,
hear its sacred symphonies,
learn whatever lessons it sings.

The new year rolls in,
and I still pen the old by mistake.
Let me look back only for wisdom,
crumple and toss, never cling
to a worthless sheet,
write my story that must be lived.

The new year rolls in, whispering,
"Prepare not panic but peace."

(c) 2009 Nordette Adams

More New Year Reflections: Blogher post, "It's Never Too Late: Happiness Now!

1 comment:

Blue State Cowgirl said...

Love the poem. Very appropriate for a new year when we are hoping things will take a turn for the better.

Now you have me wanting to see Benjamin Button. Had no idea it featured New Orleans. Another good New Orleans pic, at least as far as featuring the city, is "Love Song for Bobby Long". Nothing really happens there except characters learn and grow, and, of course, you see lots of New Orleans.

I may be prejudiced, but I'll see any movie that features and showcases New Orleans or San Francisco. With those cities as central characters, who needs a car chase. (Although so many movie makers feel they just have to race and crash cars on SF's steep streets.)