Saturday, November 30, 2013
She Praises The Kingdom Of Disney
[To Walt Disney]
from the first some children understood you
as a separate country
one which of course should be real though
not the one we went to school in
swinging our plaid metal lunch boxes
our nervous stomachs on the playground.
no. this one was where the fairy tales
really happened. and you were the tour guide,
if not the King
(you were too kind for that)
unrolling your blueprints right there on
the screen on Sunday night T.V. and
speaking to us as if we were real
about Tomorrowland your face
lit up like birthday candles.
my Grownups loved you too
and did not laugh
when I dreamed seriously
of going where the life-size tea cups swirled
and seeing it through
all the way to the Sleeping Beauty Castle
dressed in pink and blue assuming
a magisterial role of course of course
this was how it was done in the World
who cares how many orange groves were
ploughed under for this Kingdom.
we will see them again in little orange
stars irrepressibly arcing the capital
of our dreams.
wearing our plastic mouse ears
tuned into the Mickey Mouse Club
we were the inheritors of everything happy.
and knew it should always be this way.
Oh Walt what would you say
to see the rodent sorrows of your
Kingdom now how purity and grace
and all the colours blurred into
so many things you never wanted.
too fast on the carousels whirled snap shut
the archives on your make believe
by those who never wished on a star.
or never seemed to.
after you left the Party
how could it be the same
the cake grew stale; the rowdies
popped each vivid balloon
and yet, there's still a trace of stardust left
while in Heaven for sure is the real
Disneyland, the Platonic version
in a Midwestern accent katy-cornered from Baum:
the one that cannot be undermined
or underrated by the vicious.
the one we were meant for
green as grass blue as the sky
coon-skinned in the frontier freshness of a dream
the chiming clockworks of hand-painted schemes
and set to mine the gold of lost Delight
I won't ever be sorry to say
I loved and I was part of.
mary angela douglas 30 november 2013