Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Someone Without A Name

One of my favorite movies is Saturday Night Fever because of John Travolta. He's one of the rare men that emotes pure beauty and tragedy at a young age and his portrayal of the tortured Tony M. is one that breaks the heart. I've heard lots of people complain about this movie -- the thin plot, the sometimes corny dialogue, the rape scene. I almost never think about anything but the dance sequences in this movie, the times that Tony is a king in his limited world, a moment of beauty in rather diminished circumstances.

I still love John Travolta (even have forgiven Stayin' Alive ), but he's never surpassed that early brilliance. Sometimes an actor's fame can intefere with his or her ability to get lost in a part. You keep thinking, that's so and so doing such and such. You wish you could start over, forget all that had happened. Just like with everything else.

Michelle's Spell of the Day

Without A Name

30 ml brandy
30 ml rum
whie sugar to taste
grated nutmeg

Benedictions and Maledictions


None of us learned sign language even
though my grandmother was nearly
deaf after being boxed in the ears by my
grandfather after coming home late from
babysitting me. I could hear yelling through
the trailer window, and nobody knew what
to do so we drove away and left her there
with the only man she had ever loved. Even
then, I understood you couldn’t save someone
unless you were willing to crucify yourself.
Our car rolled over the gravel and onto a paved
road that led us to our house. It wasn’t much,
that house, with its long black bars covering
the windows, part decoration, part prison, but
it was a house, you see, and it didn’t move every
time the weather changed like the trailer did.


John said...

Ah! Dear Michelle,

That's quite some dancing outfit. The poem is splendid and so is the whole post. Here's to Travolta, then, and Saturday Night fevers, and you.

Sheila said...

I love Saturday Night Fever! John Travolta is so awesome. Really good poem. three cheers for 70's disco suits! haha


Wichita-Lineman said...

"you couldn’t save someone
unless you were willing to crucify yourself."

Love that line.

Jason said...

Not even pulp fiction?

Watched John yesterday in Primary Colors. Hey, he tried his best...

Cindy said...

Beautiful you are! An experiential poem: wise, wise.


Tom said...


Travolta is quite the character. I saw him on Letterman one night, and we really connected. Years ago I read and studied L Ron Hubbard (Dianetics)That is what John is apart of. That stuff will blow your mind. If anyone out there knows, would'nt you agree that Travolta is definetly 'Clear'? Tom

Anonymous said...

Poetry is good, Travolta also but most important is you look sexy (smiles)! How you do it time and time? ---N.

Cheri said...

What a horrible man, to box the ears of his wife! I didn't know people still did that???

You are one of the most photogenic people I've ever met. Jealous!

XoXoX Where's Cindy??

Anonymous said...

Michelle, do you think that all his dancing in his younger years may have led to his current weight problem, or is he just eating and drinking too much and not on the treadmill enough?

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