Bresson’s Movies

December 15, 2008

posted by Caroline Picard – i opened my inbox today and got this lovely poem from a dear friend. It seemed the right thing for a Monday in December.

click here to listen to Robert Creeley Reading reading this poem.

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Bresson’s Movies

A movie of Robert
Bresson’s showed a yacht,
at evening on the Seine
all its lights on, watched

by two young, seemingly
poor people, on a bridge adjacent,
the classic boy and girl
of the story, any one

one cares to tell. So
years pass, of course, but
I identified with the young,
embittered Frenchman,

knew his almost complacent
anguish and the distance
he felt from his girl.
Yet another film

of Bresson’s has
the aging Lancelot with his
awkward armor standing
in a woods of small trees,

dazed, bleeding, both he
and his horse are
trying to get back to
the castle, itself of

no great size. It
moved me, that
life was after all
like that. You are

in love. You stand
in the woods, with
a horse, bleeding.
The story is true.

-Robert Creeley

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