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In the Dark of the Strand

Marquees bright, and neon lights, where crowds line up for movie night
We're holding hands, we're in 'The Strand', red velvet carpets guide us in

Popcorn smokes, .. drinking cokes,...  cracking jokes with Bing and Hope
Lamour's along, in her sarong,... With luscious lips, and cigarettes, 
She fills ashtrays with smoking tips, and tosses guys like poker chips

         'Movietone'  intrudes with news, which puts us in somber mood
         Third-Reich goosesteps  march again,  ... an evil presence in the wind...

Cary Grant , (a news reporter),  loves his girl, and his typewriter
"His Girl Friday", plot is witty, sometimes crazy. He embraced his ditzy lady.... 

William Powell and Mryna Loy..., Asta barks, and finds a toy, ...a ploy? a clue?,.... earring gold.  The mystery is clearly solved.--  A crimson sun, is rising cold!

        Movietone in black and white,... graphic scenes, where many die

Another night, suspense on chart.  'Correspondent' ,  Joel McCrea. 
Saves Lorraine, and claims the Day.  BUY WAR BONDs !! They'll pave the way

Bogart, Bergman bring to light, a valiant flght , within their grasp
Airline ticket, in her hand, they must part, and do what's right, no questions asked


          It's movie night, but you aren't here, a troopship took you far from here
           Allied troops are moving tanks.  I wait for you..God give me strength

       I'm in the Strand, within the dark,  there's no one here to hold my hand

       I'm all alone...........I heard the news....................You left it all in Anzio

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  1. Date: 11/26/2014 2:14:00 AM

    Very nostalgic piece Carrie(well for some of us oldies at any rate) Thanks for your friendship and poetic support for my youtube endeavours etc.Have a blessed thanksgiving and Christmas.rgds Brian
  1. Date: 11/24/2014 8:38:00 PM

    'Saves Lorraine, and claims the Day', lines like this one are so cleverly woven into your poem. Casablanca's earnest endeavor to spur on the fighting spirit. Wow, this poem is so impressive Carrie. I wish I could write this divinely! A #7 and going straight into my fav's!
  1. Date: 11/24/2014 3:40:00 PM

    WOW! This was my era! You brought back a time before colossal "shoot 'em up" science fiction block busters! A more passionate time, a time of war in the history of the movies! Really enjoyed it Carrie!