Listening to the soundtrack from Midnight in Paris
I heard Bacarolle from “The Tales of Hoffman”.
It sounded familiar, and I had an image of
white birds turning, Mimi, Gigi, Fifi —
the Tiki Room at Disneyland.
But on YouTube someone had filmed it, and instead
they were singing Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies
And I thought
and I went to Wikipedia.
And there it said that among the songs cut from the
Tiki Room was Tales of Hoffman.
And thus my memory
My neighbors have a tree
Long ago, when the tree was young,
They let it grow, and every summer
it became beautiful and bushy
its leaves a shelter for bats
who would fly out under the streetlamp
and eat at night
Then the tree got older
and they began trimming it each year
taming it back so it didn’t get bushy
and the bats have never returned
Every fall, I look at the tree
knowing it will soon be cut back
and that as it gets older
it will be tamed more and more
even as it gets stronger