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Flashing Before Eyes

by Chris Sorrenti

      The program for this evening is not new
      You've seen this entertainment through and through
      You've seen your birth your life and death
      You might recall all of the rest
      Did you have a good world when you died?
      Enough to base a movie on?

      - The Movie (excerpt), Jim Morrison...The Doors

if your life could be played out as a movie
what would the audience see?
would they walk out during the first half hour
or leave satisfied amid laughter and tears?

if your life were to be divided into chapters
how and when would one finish and begin?
would it be viewed as a Pulitzer Prize novel
or pulp fiction from a second hand bookstore?

if your life could be sung as a ballad
what lyrics and instruments would the audience hear?
would it be a tune forgotten as soon as it was over
or a symphony preferred never to end?

© 2002

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Posted on 09/21/2011
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by A. Reed on 09/21/11 at 10:12 PM

Oh, I am so pulp fiction. Nice stuff.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 09/22/11 at 12:41 AM

They made a movie out of my life in 1971. It's called "The Hospital." Fantastic as always, sir.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 09/22/11 at 09:58 PM

Ok, I see your point. But I suspect the real truth is that another 2 or 3 generations down the line, no one will remember who the heck I am anyway. And the kicker? I don't really mind, as long as I am loving and kind to the best of my ability. Thank you for this perspective!

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 09/24/11 at 05:21 PM

My life is a soap opera. I have a theory. The same 200 people keep running though my life. How will it end? The last scene will be my funeral."She was born. she lived to the best of her ability and she died ( I HOPE) peacefully. If there were a movie about my life, I would want someone Really prettty to play me. I am NOT pretty, but I CAN dream! I LOVE the concept set forth in this wonderful write.

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 10/25/11 at 04:12 PM

this was a fun read, especially since not long ago i was talking to my girlfriend about similar subject matter.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 10/28/11 at 01:54 AM

Very cool, Chris!

Posted by Lori Blair on 10/31/11 at 08:31 PM

Very thought provoking and honestly this is an area I myself have been reflecting upon much lately. I doubt I'd be at all entertainment for others but I do know that this journey's questions only grow deeper as we move! Excellent!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 11/01/11 at 03:58 AM

I heard the 7th billion baby (or so) was born today on our old planet. I'm not even a blip on a blip, but I do hope to be remembered by my family and theirs and maybe even theirs. This is a fun, thought provoking piece, Chris. Thanks.

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 11/02/11 at 09:33 PM

Mine...a top 40 tune you'd know the melody to, and might even whistle, but few would remember the words...simply a fascinating, provocative persepctive Chris...bravo!

Posted by Ulyss Rubey on 11/13/11 at 04:14 AM

Wow...thought provoking. I had never considered it before but I suppose my movie would be best described as a comedy of errors.

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