From Whistling in the Dark by John O'Connor

Scene From a Lost Movie


small town in the West

the stranger has just 'rode in'
his '49 Caddie rusting

on the dusty street outside
a saloon called the Shining Cloud


he buys a good ole boy
a whisky for the talk

he never tires of /
a girl picks up a blue guitar

& sings his pain to sleep /

he doesn't want to leave

her lyrics on the sawdust floor


when he rides out tomorrow

he says he'll follow the wheat fields

& the rain

Arles, 1910

twenty years on

& the painting is marked already

& grimy. you're
out of the picture now who

gave it life
who lent an ear to - of

all things - a
girl from a local parlour

who was prob-
ably pleased with the business

at first.
such posthumous fame she

has - such light

Poems © John O'Connor 2014