He filled the screen, all with
torso and muscles, his dark eyes
held me, though still a child, in their
deep gaze, in a lush garden of
black and white and gray, where
every creature obeyed his command
except the reptiles who paid
with their lives.
He was the King of the screen, of the
jungle, of my dreams; when his voice
called Jane, my middle name, my heart leapt
to catch his swinging vine, he swept me
away to his home in the trees,
the jungle night in his eyes, his heart
the beating of native drums and I, for one,
would never go back to civilization.
Author’s Notes – In 2010, the Arizona State Poetry Society ran a contest with a category for a poem about “Your Favorite Movie Star.” I thought about it for awhile, then wrote this poem. It only won third place, but the process of writing the poem, the process of remembering, was immensely satisfying. It was published in their annual anthology, Sandcutters.
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