Cavorting With The Three Musketeers On A Wet and Rainy Evening

May 24, 2021 at 10:31 pm (Film, Literature, Poetry) ()

A poster from the 2011 film version of The Three Musketeers

Raining all day
But I still feel like going
For an evening walk

I open the door
And step outside
It’s not only very cold
And very wet
But also very windy

I feel like I’m splashed by ocean waves
With no ocean present
I step back inside

Reluctantly I turn on the TV
And I’m reminded of a line
Spoken by the arch villain
John Doe
In the ’90s TV series
Lois and Clark:
The New Adventures of Superman
“Do you know what the future is,
Lois? Clark?
The future is 200 TV channels
And still nothing on.”
More prescient words
were never spoken
on a TV episode.

There is one channel
That shows movies
On weeknights
But mostly films
About smashing up cars
Blowing up cars
Blowing up buildings
Or blowing up space ships

I usually turn the channel off
About 2 minutes in
And think to myself,
“Too bad Vin Diesel
wouldn’t be struck and killed
by a diesel van.”

But tonight I turn on that channel
And it’s The Three Musketeers
2011 film version
Which I haven’t seen

2 and 1/2 hours of enjoyable entertainment
I sit back and recount my first encounter
with The Three Musketeers
A Classics Illustrated Comic Book
Back in elementary school
Alexandre Dumas’ novel itself
In paperback
A gift from my parents
A couple of birthdays later

Later as a film buff
I’ve encountered various versions
Of The Three Musketeers
1930s version
1940s version
Then ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s
And now the 2011 version

It all takes me back to reading that comic book
For the first time
And dreaming of being a swashbuckling musketeer
Outwitting Cardinal Richelieu
and outfoxing Milady de Winter

Being with D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers
Aramis, Athos and Porthos
is like being with old friends
And what better way to spend
A wet, cold and rainy evening
Than indoors with old friends.

-A poem written by Christopher
Monday May 24th 2021

4 Comments

  1. shєrríє dє vαlєríα said,

    We are making friends with the blaring screen of our tv or tablet, c & handphones. No more old friends inside home … sad .. reality …

  2. Judy Kim said,

    I love this poem. The rain, the book as a friend, the nostalgia of the versions of the film, they all fit together well.

    I remember watching the film version with Michael York and Faye Dunaway when I was a child, it was very racy for tv back then, I liked the costumes and drama. When there were just a handful of channels. We had such patience, we waited to watch programs, remember TV guide? I’m comparatively ADD now and it’s all 200+ trash channels for the most part. I miss the quality of world of the past.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thanks, Judy.

      Yes, I remember the film version with Michael York and Faye Dunaway.

      And I remember TV Guide.

      I remember it had interesting articles in it as well as giving the local TV listings.

      It seems to me there were better programs on when they just had a handful of channels.

      Now it is as you say 200+ trash channels.

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