– David Jewell
oh baby with your pretty face
drop a tear in my wineglass
look at those big eyes on your face
see what you mean to me
sweetcakes and milkshakes
i’m a delusion angel
i’m a fantasy parade
i want you to know what i think
don’t want you to guess anymore
you have no idea where i came from
we have no idea where we’re going
lodged in life like two branches in a river
caught in the current
i’ll carry you you carry me
that’s how it could be
don’t you know me
don’t you know me by now.
One of my favorite movies, Before Sunrise featured this poem by David Jewell made for the film in the scene when Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) was walking along the Danube Canal as they are approached by the man who instead of soliciting alms, makes them a poem with any word of their choice in it. Jesse and Celine chooses the word “milkshake” and was presented with this poem, representing a major theme of the movie.
I think this film represents love beautifully, not many romantics would like this as it does not promise eternal love or that which ends up in marriage. It defies that but at the same time speaks of love in its truest sense. Love is borrowing a brief portion of eternity and in the movie, it is only twelve hours. It is also set in a different country which both the major characters are unfamiliar with for the reason that people are more confident and willing to take risks and go against their usual habits and drives when in an unfamiliar environment. The movie is simple, it is meeting a stranger, finding about that person, talking and taking in the beauty of the world around and finding a romantic connection even if it is meant only for that brief period in time.
It is so heartbreaking, and the possible events after the meeting of the two protagonists leaves a hanging question in the viewer’s mind, whatever would happen to them?