The cutting edge is script

No matter how fine the film

The assembled words the dialogue

The tension in between

The camera catches everything

Displayed upon the screen

But only words can capture us

Inspiring what is seen


Words attempt to reach the heart

To entertain the mind

To say precisely from the start

What cruel what is kind

To pinpoint but with feeling

The essence of a life

To cut the leanness from the fat

Like cutting with a knife


They gathered in a theatre

An actress to recall

The late Helen McCrory

Well known to us all

And poetry was the metier

Employed her life to show

For goodness is its own reward

And leaves an after-glow


Brian Fahy

26 January 2022

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