Spellbound in Darkness

Silent Moments

Conversations bubble as seats taken
Hush descends, lights slowly dim
Orchestra pit lamps illuminate shadows
Stillness overtakes as anticipation rises

Music fills the air with excited promise
Curtains part, a column of light appears
Smoke is caught and whirls endlessly
Flickering images appear on the screen

Title cards announce a tale of woe
Of love, heartache, tears and laughter
A dashing hero, a beautiful heroine
The dastardly villain bent on revenge

Romance told in visual vignettes
Music plays to action unfolding
Restrained melodies serenading lovers
Thunderous crescendo for the villain

With the sound of silence ever near
Transported to a place of wonder
When faces spoke and we listened
A world of shadow and light

Those far off days of glamour
Old Hollywood frozen in time
Dreams in silhouette survive
Forever spellbound in darkness

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Silent Moments

Tango Tanka

Two floating adrift
Along old Argentina
Nostalgic frisson
Graceful gauchos gyrating
Or just like Valentino

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Tango Tanka

Rudolph Valentino

 

A Silent Kiss Haiku

Black and white day dreams
Longing for silent kisses
Lost in the shadows

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A Silent Kiss Haiku

Buster Keaton & Kathryn McGuire in “The Navigator” (1924)

 

Haiku Eyes

Eyes looking through time
Forever free to wander
Capturing lost souls

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Haiku Eyes - France Dhelia

France Dhélia (09 November, 1894 – 03 May, 1964)

 

A Silent Film Haiku

Spellbound in darkness
Grainy images flicker
Silent voices speak

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A Silent Fim Haiku

A Modern Orchestra Accompanying Charles Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” (1925) (Image sourced from the Internet – Copyright holder unknown)

A Rosebud in Full Bloom

Unfurled petals expose hidden beauty
Delicate and soft
Heady scents excite the senses
Arouses passions

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A rosebud in full bloom (From F. Percy Smith’s The Birth of a Flower (1910).

This GIF is from a short film called “The Birth of a Flower” (1910), directed by F. Percy Smith. A tinted Silent Film.

 

A Clara Bow Haiku 2

Beyond the Rainbow
Beauty etched in porcelain
Silent tears unseen

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A Clara Bow Haiku 2 (Clara Bow 1925, photo by Eugene Robert Richee)

Clara Bow, 1925. Photo by Eugene Robert Richee.