#27: The “Milkshake” poem

Most of the poetry that I’ve ever read are either songs or just sets of lines in movies or series, because I’m not much of a fan of English poetry whether it’s old or modern, I mean most of the popular stuff that I find either talks about love, heartbreaks or despair in such a cliché way, so I’ll pass.

When I say “songs” I don’t mean “Katy Perry” or “Bruno Mars”, I’m actually talking about musicians who really write words from their hearts that mean so much of what they did and have been through and really give it a certain originality; but I’m not going to talk about a song today, because my favorite poem is actually a passage from a movie that was released in 1995 which is “Before sunrise”.

The poem is written by a street poet that Jesse (Ethan Hawk) and Celine (Julie Delpy) find as they’re walking through the streets of Vienna at night. He asks them to pick whatever word they want for him to use in a poem, and if they like it, they can pay him whatever they want, so Celine chooses the word “Milkshake”.

It’s true that I didn’t notice the poem until I watched it for the second time but it’s a very beautiful one…

Daydream delusion
Limousine Eyelash
Oh, baby with your pretty face
Drop a tear in my wineglass
Look at those big eyes
See what you mean to me
Sweet cakes and milkshakes
I am a delusion angel
I am a fantasy parade
I want you to know what I think
Don’t want you to guess anymore
You have no idea where I came from
We have no idea where we’re going
Lodged in life
Like two branches in a river
Flowing downstream
Caught in the current
I’ll carry you. You’ll carry me
That’s how it could be
Don’t you know me?
Don’t you know me by now?”

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