The 75th Anniversary of Casablanca: A Poem

November 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm (Culture, Entertainment, Film, Geopolitics and International Relations, Movies, News, Poetry) (, , , , , )

The 75th Anniversary of Casablanca: A Poem

It was 75 years ago today (November 26th 1942) that the film Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman had its world premiere in New York City.

Dark times
The world in crisis
Refugees fleeing an entire continent
Inhabitants of imprisoned Europe
Fleeing south to Africa

To Casablanca in Morocco šŸ‡²šŸ‡¦
hoping to catch the plane to Lisbon in neutral Portugal šŸ‡µšŸ‡¹
and from there flee to somewhere in the Americas

Rick’s Cafe Americain
a meeting ground
with a varied clientele
Vichy French and Nazi German officials
interspersed with refugees from Europe
A mingling of the best and the worst
the world has to offer
with many people caught in between

And in this intermingling of chaos and conflict
of hope and despair
of greed and apathy
a love triangle emerges
two men and a woman
and in this love triangle
no villain
only 3 people beset by time and circumstance
to find themselves in a situation
that none of them would have entered through choices of their own

For the refugees
is there a way out?
For those caught in the love triangle
is there a way out?

The way out is a plane to Lisbon
Who will board that plane?

In Casablanca, some will lose their lives
In Casablanca, some will lose their hope
In Casablanca, some have already lost their souls
In Casablanca, two men will regain theirs
in what will be the start of a beautiful friendship

Such is Casablanca.

-A poem written by Christopher
Sunday November 26th
2017.

15 Comments

  1. Egyptian Adventures.wordpress.com said,

    Different yet still Brilliant.

  2. Christine Valentor said,

    I love that movie! Great tribute!

  3. Orvillewrong said,

    Thank you,Christopher for bringing back so many wonderful memories!

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      You’re welcome, my friend. šŸ™‚

      Yes, I have a lot of fond memories of the times I watched the movie Casablanca.

  4. Madame Vintage said,

    A movie that has aged like a fine wine with the bitter aftertaste of the incidents that had gone on. It had a wonderful cast and in much likeness to your cleverly styled poem full of powerful imagery.

    Sincerely Sonea

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thanks very much, Sonea. šŸ™‚

      And you’re right, it is a movie that like a fine wine šŸ· keeps getting better with age.

  5. Mahevash said,

    Lovely poem šŸ™‚

  6. Aquileana said,

    Excellent… I can picture the movie in my mind as I read your verses… Love it, dear Dracul… All the best to you! šŸ˜€ ā¤

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thanks very much, Aquileana. šŸ™‚

      All the best to you as well, my dear. šŸ™‚ ā¤

  7. jamesfitzpatrickphotography said,

    Love this piece. And Casablanca. I did a little review of it here with nine other films https://thestreetphotographersguide.blog/2018/02/06/the-10-greatest-films-for-a-budding-photographer/

  8. mediocrenick said,

    “In Casablanca, some will lose their lives
    In Casablanca, some will lose their hope
    In Casablanca, some have already lost their souls
    In Casablanca, two men will regain theirs
    in what will be the start of a beautiful friendship”

    loved this! Especially the ending…Casablanca is a Mecca for the hopeful and a breeding ground for the hopeless!

    I just recently saw the movie and I thought I’d write down how I feel about it…here goes
    https://motionpictureaficionado.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/casablanca-1942-the-germans-wore-gray-and-she-wore-blue/
    Check it out if you feel like it!

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