FOR MARLOWE

FOR MARLOWE  (FROM A PHOTOGRAPH BY MAX CROW REEVES OF HIS SON AND HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS)

 

 

When do the young get to stand with a master?

United by name, theme and time place,

Marlowe Chan-Reeves and Heathcote.

 

In his oxford kitchen before

The new and tragically last separation

That has seen the sage leaving

 

On the Ferryman’s salted boat.

Two ages in one, framing and framed

By a father; each passing on to their children

 

Visual and word messages.

Now there is a visceral sense to the old man’s

Smile,and boy’s secret, as if each

 

Now suspected the claiming

Of entirely new energies. One to the real

And now the lost other to aether;

 

To places that form beyond weather

Or are by design, shaped by it.

Heathcote celebrated Marlowe in Killing Kit,

 

That first writer, who created the classics,

As well as the cult of Shakespeare,

And now Max’s son, whatever he does

 

Shadows poems that have cascaded

From Williams well into Art’s Stratosphere.

And so a new play begins in which the young

 

And the masters meet for a moment

And help to frame all that was.

All that is has now changed.

 

All we knew. All we wanted. A lucky young boy

In a kitchen, there next to greatness

In a photograph his Dad made.

 

 

 

 

David Erdos 10/8/17
Photo MAX CROW REEVES

 

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