Widowhood

 

A faded photograph,

An unforgettable face,

A precious smile,

An affectionate embrace.

Memories linger

though they’ve become cloudy;

Decades have passed

since I found comfort in you.

The world is now changed

but you’re still in my heart;

It’s destiny

when we had to say goodbye.

We will meet again –

perhaps not long from now;

It’s just kismet

that constellation colide.

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Daddy’s Little Girls

This 2007 movie is also about fatherhood. The three girls who play his daughters are sisters in real life: 12-year-old Sierra (Sierra McClain), 7-year-old Lauryn (Lauryn McClain) and 5-year-old China (China McClain), so they have good chemistry.

34-year-old Monty (Idris Elba) is a mechanic struggling to make ends meet as he raises his three daughters, who are being looked after by his mother-in-law Katheryn (Juanith Jennings) for $200 a week. The girls’ mother, Jennifer (Tasha Smith) is living with Joe, a drug dealer, and never drops in to see the children.When Katheryn dies, Jennifer turns up after the funeral, wanting to snatch the children away. Her attempt was thwarted and she threatens to go to court.

To make more money, Monty takes on an extra job as a personal driver. His new boss is Julia Rossmore (Gabrille Union), a beautiful, 31-year-old Ivy League-educated attorney who has won every case she’s taken on.

To Monty’s great shock and disappointment, the court awards custody of his daughters to his shady ex-wife. Monty desperately wants to win them back; eventually, Julia steps up to be Monty’s counsel, pro bono.

Working on the case after office hours, Monty and Julia go on a few dates. Though they couldn’t be more different, a flame is ignited and they fall for each other.

All this while, Jennifer and Joe have been getting Sierra to peddle drugs and Joe keeps hitting China because she won’t stop crying because she is very sad. One night, the three sisters walk all the way to Monty’s home; Jennifer and Joe are arrested on a drug charge and the court awards custody to Monty.

This movie is heartwarming and endearing, and the Jazz music and Blues songs in several scenes are a bonus.

Like a Flower

 

When will it start to rain

if the clouds have turned dark?

Or will stars shine tonight

with a flickering moon?

When will you see my heart

that is languishing for you?

Or wil you be in flight

if you know I’m ardent?

Should I reconsider –

giving you another chance,

or should I just forget

all memories of you?

One day I will be free

of all heartaches and hurt;

Like a flower in spring,

I’ll be in glorious bloom.

People Places Things

This 2015 movie is a comedy about a single father’s complicated life.

Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) is a single father, whose life is in chaos. He discovered his wife Charlie (Stephanie Allynne) cheating on him with family friend Gary (Michael Chernus) on his daughters’ fifth birthday.

Henry fights for custody and tries to raise his twin daughters Colette (Gia Gadsby) and Clio (Aundrea Gadsby) on his own while maintaining his teaching job and writing a graphic novel, otherwise leading a lonely existence.

One of his students Kat (Jessica Williams) invites Henry home for dinner and to meet her mother Diane (Regina Hall). Kat thinks Henry is between 50 and 62 (which I concur, though he insists he is 40) and would be an interesting companion for her mother, who is 45 and teaches American literature at Columbia University and does not recognise the graphic novel as literature.

Both Henry and Diane are a bit of a snob where their specialities are concerned but, unsurprisingly, they end up falling in love. Charlie, in the meantime, becomes pregnant with Gary’s child and they decide to get married. The twins, now 6 years old and who have been learning and practising the cello, play Saint-Saen’s The Swan at their garden wedding.

Despite the DVD being touted as “witty and ceaselessly entertaining”, I find only the twin sisters adorable and interesting.

Monotony

Every morning

I get up and sigh:

it’s another day.

I’m going crazy.

Every evening

I start to choke up

with tears in my eyes,

hoping for relief.

Every Monday

I feel lethargic;

Through the week I try

to give of my best.

Every Sunday

I feel so much dread;

it’ll all start again

when the night is through.

Leaves Scatter

 

The leaves scatter

when the wind blows;

What have you done

to our smiles, dear?

Currents get fierce

when storms are high;

The sorrows widen

when you are changed.

Why have you turned

into a foe;

causing much trouble

in peaceful times?

Why didn’t you say

what’s on your mind?

When will you know

that I have left?

The Perfume Collector

This is the first time I’m reading a Kathleen Tessaro novel. Right from the first sentence, I thought this could be turned into a script for a movie.

In the Prologue, Eva d’Orsey sits at the kitchen table, listening to the ticking clock, with a copy of Le Figaro in front of her. It is Paris, Winter 1954.

In the first chapter, the reader is brought to London, Spring 1955.  Grace Monroe wakes up with a start, gasping for breath…

In New York City in 1927, Eva is 14 years old and working as a chambermaid. She is short, dark and foreign-looking and wants more out of life.

Back to Paris in Spring 1955, Grace wonders what she would do with all the money. Live. She would like to live in great comfort and peace, with no one to tell her what to do or how to do it.

The novel flits from Paris to New York, and also to Monte Carlo (in 1932), London (in 1928), Oxfordshire (in 1935) and Paris (in Sep 1942, during the Nazi Occupation). It is very well-crafted and I enjoyed it tremendously.

I would be on the look out for another of Katheleen Tessaro’s novel.