Embrace Noir Poem by Nick Flynn

Embrace Noir

Rating: 3.0

I go back to the scene where the two men embrace
& grapple a handgun at stomach level between them.

They jerk around the apartment like that
holding on to each other, their cheeks

almost touching. One is shirtless, the other
wears a suit, the one in the suit came in through a window

to steal documents or diamonds, it doesn't matter anymore
which, what's important is he was found

& someone pulled a gun, and now they are holding on,
awkwardly dancing through the room, upending

a table of small framed photographs. A chair
topples, Sinatra's band punches the air with horns, I

lean forward, into the screen, they are eye-to-eye,
as stiff as my brother & me when we attempt

to hug. Soon, the gun fires and the music
quiets, the camera stops tracking and they

relax, shoulders drop, their jaws go slack
& we are all suspended in that perfect moment

when no one knows who took the bullet--
the earth spins below our feet, a blanket of swallows

changes direction suddenly above us, folding
into the rafters of a barn, and the two men

no longer struggle, they simply stand in their wreckage
propped in each other's arms.

Eithne Queen of Celts 17 September 2009

A dark embrace, indeed! Like in a movie about the Mob.

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Michael Gale 22 February 2009

Great poem! What is said at the start of a movie, but 'ACTION! .' God bless us all-MJG.

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Susan Williams 10 April 2016

I enjoyed this story, it is a scene we have seen many times but now we see it through another viewer's eyes and what a difference that makes. The closure to this is absolutely perfect- - - -] and the two men no longer struggle, they simply stand in their wreckage propped in each other's arms

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Rajnish Manga 10 April 2016

The suspense, the action ans the final scene have come alive through the graphic details in the poem. I really enjoyed it and appreciate the skill of the poet to recreate a scene from the movie. Thanks.

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Barry Middleton 10 April 2016

Interesting poem. I really like Noir movies.

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Woru Sulyman 10 April 2016

I like it suspense...nice work

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Edward Kofi Louis 10 April 2016

Wreckage! ! Stealing will never bring us peace. Nice work.

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Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn

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