With No Betrayal Of Despair

Nonno’s Poem
Nonno's PoemHow calmly does the olive branch
Observe the sky begin to blanch
Without a cry, without a prayer
With no betrayal of despair
Some time while light obscures the tree
The zenith of its life will be
Gone past forever
And from thence
A second history will commence
A chronicle no longer gold
A bargaining with mist and mold
And finally the broken stem
The plummeting to earth, and then
And intercourse not well designed
For beings of a golden kind
Whose native green must arch above
The earth’s obscene corrupting love
And still the ripe fruit and the branch
Observe the sky begin to blanch
Without a cry, without a prayer
With no betrayal of despair
Oh courage! Could you not as well
Select a second place to dwell
Not only in that golden tree
But in the frightened heart of me

The Night of the IguanaThe play The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway in New York, 27 Dec 1961. Nonno’s poem develops as part of the story line. John Huston brought the play to the screen in 1964 with Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr in the leading roles, and with a remarkable supporting cast, tour de force cinematography, settings et al.
Here is the recitation of the poem as it appeared in the movie.

About David Mills

David is the Founder, Catalyst, and Co-creator of Workplace Hidden Opportunities. Workplace Hidden Opportunities is an information management Specialized Knowledge Platform™ (SKP™) focused exclusively on the workplace and corporate real estate. Together with the W100 a book by the same title is in progress.
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