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  • There’s a scene in Under the Volcano where
    Albert Finney is leaving a restaurant with his two Mexican compatriots.
    As they pass by the loud television set
    One of them tells Finney,
    “Ah, thees is a good story...”
    Pan to the screen where Peter Lorre’s eyes
    Are bugging out, his hands shaking before him.
    He has been shouting, “You don’t want me! You don’t love me!”
    A woman is strangled then.

    The Mexican gentleman begins to recount the tale:
    Senor, this man was a pianist, but he lost his hands!
    Then he got new ones, Senor.
    But they were the hands of a killer!
    And the hands, they mordor people, people that he loves, Senor.
    And he is very, very sorry.”

    He shakes his head down,
    And Albert Finney, smashed as always, but acute,
    Leaves through the door, reproving as he walks,
    “There are some things
    you can’t apologize for.”

    photo of Cinco de Mayo full moon, 5/5/12 by Zida
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