Michael Walker

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The Last Video Shop. - Poem by Michael Walker

My city used to have video rental shops
dotted around the suburbs of escapism,
though for some time there has been just one,
which closed its doors last week;
doors which will never open again.
Video Ezy offered a sky of choices
from classic to comedy, romance to rock,
old one-week rentals to recent releases,
DVD to Blu-ray, it didn't matter to me.
I had bought a few movies off the shelf
which I thought better than cinema myself.

-5 September,2018.

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Form: Found Poem

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The last video shop in town closed down last weekend. It is not really a problem to me, although I still won't go to any cinemas.

Comments about The Last Video Shop. by Michael Walker

  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (2/16/2020 8:49:00 PM)

    in your response to R.M.Smith, you say: " I watch DVDs at home. Home alone." HOME ALONE was an entertaining movie for me.

    I'm on the fence about sending to MyPoemList. oh, what the H-e-l-l.

    to MyPoemList



    liked ending with a rhyme

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  • Luz HanaiiLuz Hanaii (1/30/2020 10:50:00 PM)

    Sad to hear, but time moves on and sometimes these places can't keep their business going. (Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (1/26/2020 8:15:00 PM)

    Life is no longer the same. When young, my parents just had a radio and went to the local cinema. I mostly did the same.

    Thank you for commenting.

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(1/27/2020 4:52:00 PM)

    Yes indeed, time has moved on. There are very few cinema movies I would like to see, so I watch DVDs at home. Home alone. Wanganui has no video shops now, I think because people are using their computers and even smartphones to watch movies. Thanks for your comment.

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  • Sankhajit BhattacharjeeSankhajit Bhattacharjee (11/12/2019 12:12:00 AM)

    Nice image. Full score. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(12/21/2019 4:45:00 PM)

    Thanks for your assessment. Great.

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (7/15/2019 1:54:00 AM)

    Very beautiful poem dear poet. //// Thanks (Report)Reply

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(12/21/2019 4:43:00 PM)

    Thanks for your fine appreciation.

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (2/5/2019 9:44:00 AM)

    Fine poem...beautiful poem thanks //////.//❤ (Report)Reply

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(2/7/2019 7:33:00 PM)

    Thank you very much too. You have taste.

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  • S.zaynab KamoonpuriS.zaynab Kamoonpuri (9/11/2018 12:59:00 AM)

    I like your poems. This one was cool and funtastic to read on the entertainment world. Kudos.

    Pleez do read my newest poem, titled, every newest poem here, maybe msg me about it as it has enough quota of comments already so no more comments needed.

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(9/12/2018 7:11:00 PM)

    Thanks so much for your perceptive, appreciative comment. I will read your
    poem today.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (9/5/2018 11:24:00 AM)

    We all would recall how fast things have changed over the last two to three decades.
    Entertainment field (production as well as distribution) has gone through maximum
    transformation. This poem presents a testimony of such change. Thanks a lot, Michael.

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(9/5/2018 7:35:00 PM)

    There certainly have been changes in home entertainment. I think that computers have edged out videos, which is a pity.

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  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (9/4/2018 11:22:00 PM)

    The Last Video Shop gasps its final breath as the likes of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and others crowd in and take over the market. Now one can order up & pay for a movie from the comfort of home, without having to leave to go to a shop.
    I lost one this way, too, and I still miss it. Not only did they offer an expansive variety, but if you requested something they didn't have, they would order it for you.

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(9/5/2018 7:39:00 PM)

    You are right about why video shops have declined and shut down. I use You Tube a lot, but Netflix and Hulu are new to me.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (9/4/2018 10:31:00 PM)

    All well that ends well
    I had bought a few final movies......was better than any cinema in town

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(9/5/2018 7:41:00 PM)

    Yes, all's well that ends well. I did not feel that I had missed out when the shop closed. The
    last cinema I went to was in the 1990s-'Titanic'.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (9/4/2018 10:17:00 PM)

    The last video shop of the town is still in memory and this has brought up this poem beautifully. Classic to comedy romantic music is brought up ahead with beauty of life. An Amazing sharing is done here...10 (Report)Reply

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(9/5/2018 8:07:00 PM)

    Yes, the memory of the closing down is only a week old. I think I mentioned only the sort of videos which I used to rent. I avoided western and war, but liked all the others.

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  • Edmund StrolisEdmund Strolis (9/4/2018 9:59:00 PM)

    These closings were not done by popular demand but by the unintentional ease of a push button world. Now with nostalgia people recall BLOCKBUSTER. The chance to get out and rub elbows with actual people. There is a FAMILY VIDEO still remaining and I wonder each time that I pass by if it will be there the next time. It all comes down to the almighty dollar. I am glad I got to experience it! (Report)Reply

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(9/5/2018 7:45:00 PM)

    I certainly remember BLOCKBUSTER as well, seeing a bigger, wider screen before you
    with real people beside you. I think that You Tube and computers were another factor in the decline of DVDs.

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  • Douglas Scotney (9/4/2018 9:58:00 PM)

    you can watch them faster, save time; in the light you can make notes; you can make interval(s) as long as you like. The big screen, you miss; and the smell of popcorn. (Report)Reply

    Michael WalkerMichael Walker(9/5/2018 7:49:00 PM)

    Indeed you miss the much bigger screen of cinemascope and surround sound, compared to a 24 inch TV screen. But as you say, you can fast forward videos and watch a much larger number of them. You are totally in charge of your own entertainment. 'Have a great night out at home'.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Poem Edited: Sunday, March 10, 2019

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