Cyrano de Bergerac

I watched the film adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac in class recently and as Cyrano was dying he said words that I think almost everyone feels are true. Here they are:

“My life’s work
has been to prompt others
and be forgotten.
Remember that night when Christian
came to your balcony?
That moment sums up my life.
While I was below in the dark shadows
others climbed up
to kiss the sweet rose.
It’s only fair.
I say, as death has me in its hooks
C has genius
and Christian was handsome.”

There were a million beautiful words and quotable moments in that incredibly long death scene alone and throughout the whole movie, but when these words were said my class had an audible reaction and I felt the power too, so I chose to share them.

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Hanging Fire

After going through an impossibly long list of poems trying to find one to present to my class, I instantly connected with this one, so I thought I’d share it.

Hanging Fire

I am fourteen

and my skin has betrayed me

the boy I cannot live without

still sucks his thumb

in secret

how come my knees are

always so ashy

what if I die

before morning

and momma’s in the bedroom

with the door closed.

I have to learn how to dance

in time for the next party

my room is too small for me

suppose I die before graduation

they will sing sad melodies

but finally

tell the truth about me

There is nothing I want to do

and too much

that has to be done

and momma’s in the bedroom

with the door closed.

Nobody even stops to think

about my side of it

I should have been on Math Team

my marks were better than his

why do I have to be

the one

wearing braces

I have nothing to wear tomorrow

will I live long enough

to grow up

and momma’s in the bedroom

with the door closed.

Hope

We were told to wrote something positive or draw a pice if art in class the other day so I thought I’d make this. It’s important that hope remains when all else is lost, and I like having this little reminder with me.