January 28, 2023

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Homage to “Laura” [by John Harbourne]

Homage to “Laura” [by John Harbourne]
Sketches by John Harbourne. Copyright (c) 2022 by John Harbourne. All rights reserved.

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Then the doorbell rang.
Time for another cigarette.
It wasn’t Laura’s body on the kitchen floor.
He’s not in love with a corpse

Time for another cigarette.
The spiteful drama critic insinuates
He’s in love with a corpse.
It’s a typical male-female mix-up.

The toxic drama critic knows
He’s sane.
It’s a typical male-female mix-up.
He thinks she’s dead and she thinks he’s being rude.

Is he sane?
Each wonders what the other is doing in her living room.
He thinks she’s a ghost and she thinks he’s rude
When the picture on the wall becomes a flesh and blood woman.

Each wonders what the other is doing in her living room.
It hasn’t stopped raining.
The picture on the wall becomes a woman of flesh and blood:
Gene Tierney in Laura.

It hasn’t stopped raining.
“Ladies always pull a switch on you”
says Dana Andrews in Laura.
There was something he forgot.

“Ladies always pull a switch on you.”
It wasn’t Laura’s body on the kitchen floor.
There was something he forgot.
Then the doorbell rang.

-David Lehman