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September 23, 2007

r.i.p. Bip: marcel marceau dies at 84

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,q.s. quickies — David Giacalone @ 7:44 am

Marcel Marceau as Bip (Reuters photo)

For many reasons, seeing Marcel Marceau perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., circa 1980, was one of the most memorable events of my life (thank you, Ana). Marceau was always the exception to my oft-stated impatience with mimes. Marcel Marceau will be missed by millions; he helped to popularize and perfect his craft. See “Marcel Marceau, Acclaimed Mime, Is Dead at 84” (New York Times, Sept. 23, 2007); and Ann Althouse, “Silenced“, who says “Show some unspoken love today,” and has an excellent YouTube video).

“In mime, Marceau said, gestures express the essence of the soul’s most secret aspiration. ‘To mime the wind, one becomes a tempest. To mime a fish, you throw yourself into the sea’.”

applauding
the mime
in our mittens

………………….. by John Stevenson – Quiet Enough (Red Moon Press, 2004)

sudden lightning–
the street mime
claps

…………………… by Michael Dylan Welch – from snow on the water: RMA 1997

winter fog
everyone crowds around
the mime

……………………………….. by ed markowski

samurai sword
done in ink —
he adds a drop of red

………………………….. by Yu Chang – Upstate Dim Sum 2007/I

autumn equinox
not even the mime
can balance the egg

…………………….. by dagosan [In mem., Marcel Marceau; see MagnaPoets JF, Sept. 23, 2007]

afterwords: A few more quotes from Marcel Marceau:

I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man’s destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth.”

Never get a mime talking. He won’t stop.”

“Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?”

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