Sunday, November 30, 2014

The man who wasn't there

I watched the movie "Identity" the other day (a pretty decent thriller, BTW) and couldn't get the poem the main character was reciting out of my head, so I looked it up ( is my new friend after I got fed up from being tracked by Google). It turns out it was inspired by a picturesque place in Nova Scotia I went through this summer.

"Antigonish" is an 1899 poem by American educator and poet Hughes Mearns.

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today,
I wish, I wish he'd go away...

When I came home last night at three,
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall,
I couldn't see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don't you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don't slam the door...

Last night I saw upon the stair,
A little man who wasn't there,
He wasn't there again today
Oh, how I wish he'd go away...

Happy birthday Yugoslavia

Yesterday was the 71st birthday of now defunct socialist Yugoslavia. We celebrated by attending the concert of Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Band. The tour marking 40 years since the establishment of Bijelo Dugme (White Button) band was aptly named "Who doesn't go crazy is not normal" (Ko ne poludi, nije normalan). We sang to the tunes we grew up with spiced up with the kick in the gut only a good Balkan brass band can provide. For a few bitter-sweet hours we felt united just like in the old times.