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Please check out my short film that I have made to go along with my original poem! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njbukm_qTng

If The World Was A Movie

April 11, 2020

A Poem Published by Hannah Flores
YouTube Performance Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njbukm_qTng

This poem is dedicated to the people of the world
I know a place
That's always moving
Where there's something in the air that makes sleep useless
If the world was a movie
You would see so many people walk by
And never stop to notice
As if they are just extras
But what if I told you
That they are the movie
We are the movie
If the world was a stop motion film
Each picture would be a moment frozen in time
Yet still in motion forward
Like bad internet service
Claustrophobia ensues as we quarantine ourselves with our own fear
Thursday March 12, 2020 was the first day that I felt trapped in my own hand washing
Turning the Happy Birthday song into a timer
Dehydrating my sense of hope and my skin all at the same time
While some of us are basking in our privilege
Of stockpiling things
Not out of need, but our own fear
If the world was a movie
It would expose how those who bought wipes to resell and made $100,000 off of innocently scared people
And how those who bought enough food to feed a village 
Still look down on those fleeing war and famine with no Walmart to turn to
And it would tell them that any phobia is a toxin in itself
Or maybe it's a silent film
In a world where you see colour but everything feels black and white
With 5 million children out of school right now you'd think it would be louder
Where I realize that by the time this poem is finished, all of my stats will be outdated
And there are so many voices screaming at you from all directions
Saying everything and nothing that you want to hear
To the point where your native tongue sounds like a foreign language
To the point where you drown out this flood until it turns to white noise
Then nothing at all
What if the film was a black screen?
Sun extinguished and stars left to wander
Smothered by a red sea of businesses dropping like flies
Where we’re all left in the dark
But this grey area
Sets a backdrop for colour
A home for sun-spilled faces
If the world was a movie
I’d kaleidoscope the technicolor stories that we hold behind our eyes
How we build bridges, write books and try not to hold grudges
The heart of a cosmopolitan among the cosmos
We are nothing short of stars
Each mind a new kit of lenses to take different angles on the same avenues
The key is our delicate balance of thinking independently together
Threads of streets woven into grand tapestries
If the world was a film
It would have no beginning, middle or end
It would just play on 
Imagine all of this
Translated by the cry of time moving through us
But Covid-19 would only last for one frame
A documentary of diversity
Where divided nations
Form a unifying pulse
An involuntary muscle with conscious intent
Of not cancelling hope
Not cancelling love
Not cancelling life
Employing the trillions of cells in our bodies to keep moving
Cinema can be the most beautiful fraud in the entire world
But what if I told you that this is real
What if I made a movie about the world?
My beloved home
Where the extras avoiding cracks in the sidewalks
Become the stars
Beacons of light in falls of Broadway darkness
Where we are the movie


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  • Bhavya's Treasure

    The short film and the poem are so so beautiful!!!
    Congrats! <3

    12 months ago
  • happy butterfly

    This is such a powerful and beautiful poem.The short film was insanely well executed and gave it so much more strength,I loved it<3

    about 1 year ago
  • Writing4Life

    The spoken word is just beautiful! You are so talented <3

    about 1 year ago
  • Deleted User

    Congratulations! You truly deserved to win! Your poem and short film were spectacular. The power and wisdom from your words and your video blew me away. They were so beautiful and inspiring. Thank you. :)

    about 1 year ago
  • Lolo K

    Your words are so wise and powerful. This piece really touched my heart, and watching your short film with it blew me away (you are so insanely talented!!). Thank you for sharing this with the world, and congratulations on the win, you more than deserve it!

    over 1 year ago
  • Two Heartbeats

    Congratulations. Not just your poem, but your video was so incredibly moving and inspirinng. Just WOW. amazing job. That was so beautiful

    over 1 year ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Wow. This is so unbelievably moving, you are so unbelievably talented, and I am so unbelievably stunned. You are the next Sarah Kay. Or better. Congratulations. You earned it.

    over 1 year ago
  • mia_:)

    Congrats!!!!!!! You SOOOO deserve this! I'm really happy for you!!! :D:D:D

    over 1 year ago
  • ava09 (sorta back)

    I watched your video and it was INCREDIBLE and so was your poem. I loved them both, and your message is incredible important.

    over 1 year ago
  • Jayne Elle

    Your video was so good! Keep up the great work!

    over 1 year ago
  • deep_breaths

    I literally love this. Incredible job!

    over 1 year ago