Mark Anthony Pearce


In a war torn
Where water
Was scarce
A projectionist
And custodian
Of a battered
Old cinema
Would screen
The same film
Sylvia Kristel
And her amorous
And saucy
In Bangkok
As Emmanuelle
Free entry always
And the soldiers
And the old ones
And the children
Would cheer excitedly
Whenever nudity
Was on view
Frequently paused
Frozen to be viewed
Like Titian’s painting
Of Diana and Actaeon
Fast forward to
The here and now
And I haven’t seen
A film in weeks
With a lack
Of enthusiasm
For flesh
In person
Or in celluloid
I wouldn’t even
Be able to find
Luanda on a map!

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