The Horse’s Mouth (1958)

 

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The Horse’s Mouth (1958) Alec Guiness adapted Joyce Cary’s novel into a screenplay so that he could play the irascible artist Gulley Johnson, who cannot pass up a wall without painting on it images of the disenfranchised working class. John Bratby, one of the ‘Kitchen Sink’ school of artists, did all the paintings that director Roland Neame captured in brilliant Technicolor, with the whimsical music of Prokofieff’s “Lieutenant Kije” suite in the background.

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They built a wall in China

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To keep the nomads out,

But tribes from Asia Minor

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Descended in a rout.

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The Vatican in Rome

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Raised walls around its city

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Preserving catacombs

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From marauding royalty.

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They built a wall in Berlin

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To divide East from West,

Where, bullets whizzing in,

Graffiti sprayed its protest.

 

Down New York subway tunnels

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Riots of colors splash

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Homeless funnels

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Of dispossessed backlash.

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Outside El Paso, Texas,

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To keep the borders manned,

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They poured a cement mass

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Where once a river ran.

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 Russia’s passing laws

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To police the internet,

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As America withdraws

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Its torch from migrants.

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Now London has its Brexit

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Though most graffiti artists

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Strike without a name.

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[Disposable Poem November 22, 2016]

Dr. Mike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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