Walking through, you too are on display.
All of us, visitors, observing, studying, interpreting
what we see, trying to find meaning
and connection. I quietly study you studying.
And I pencil sketch our life together.
We wander the building, looking at signs,
hoping somehow to find the right one.
But what do we know? We’re lost.
These monastic, austere, lonely offices hold someone
waiting for us. The door unlocked. Enter!
(This poem recalls two moments from “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, though much more literally than Hayden.)
It is a trick of the filmmaker.
Underexposed in-camera or darkened during post-production.
Daylight masquerading as night, with blue tint.
Friendship for love, or sex for passion.
I know both on this American night.
“Day for night” is a set of cinematic techniques used to simulate a night scene while filming in daylight. I learned about this deception when I saw Francois Truffaut‘s 1973 film, Day for Night whose original title is La Nuit Américaine meaning “American night” which is the French term for day-for-night shooting.