If I Made a Movie
by Michael Minassian
If I made a movie about my life,
I would prefer the midnight showing
or perhaps a small art cinema
in a random city.
Unknown actors would stand in for me,
or I might play all the parts myself –
switching camera angles or using tricks of lighting
to fool audience and critics alike.
At the Oscars, the stage crammed with stars,
I would graciously accept my awards,
although my speech would run on
for fourteen hours as I thanked all of you,
PHOTO: Santa Fe (New Mexico) Independent Film Festival, October 2012.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Having attended many Film Festivals, I noticed quite a few writer/directors made autobiographical films. I wondered what would happen if I produced my own autobiography. Would it be a comedy, tragedy, action movie, tear jerker, western, sci-fi? Of course, it would be an international box office sensation and win multiple awards.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael Minassian lives in San Antonio, Texas. His poems have appeared in such journals as TheAurorean,The Broken Plate, Exit 7, The Galway Review, and Third Wednesday. He is also a Contributing Editor for Verse-Virtual, an online literary magazine. Amsterdam Press published a chapbook of poems entitled The Arboriculturist in 2010.