Sleep well and may God guard you

Sleep well, and may God and a thousand Angels guard your rest.

On Angel wings they’ll fly to you, obeying God’s behest,

But if the task of guarding you is too much for that host,

Perhaps our Lord will give employ to he who loves you most:

Not more than God, for that can’t be, but I know one who can

Guard you with the love that comes from this, a mortal man.

No knight with sword; no charger snorting; no pike men, row on row;

Just fervent prayers to guard and keep you safe; and let you know

That if the Angelic Host falls short in guarding you, my friend,

I’d feel my life would be well used, your safety to defend.

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Forget the plumbing and stay with poetry because this is simply beautiful. Love the images.

Voted up and away


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sheabutt3r 5 years ago from inside my own mind where nothing is bound or constrained by definitions or societal norms :) try it

This is wonderful, beautiful imagery


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wildove5 5 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

Beautiful! I would like your permission to share this with a close friend who is going through a difficult time.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

It feels so wonderful to think someone up there is watching us while we are sleeping.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Awesome, regal, profound prayer. A template for requesting peace and safety.


writeronline 5 years ago

TL

The writer in me says, "Beautiful. And moving."

The adman I used to be says, "You could sell this!"

Sorry, my only excuse is that we are all of us at every stage, the consequence of our past.

Hmm, wonder if I could sell that... ;)


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Good Morning Ian,

What beautiful words and the pictures are magnificent. The one with the man lying on the angels lap brought shivers up my spine..I do believe in angels and know more than once they have protected me..they walk the earth in many forms..I remember a verse in the Bible that says to watch out for angels unaware..Using eachother in an angelic way to help one another, protecting, guarding,,wanting the very best for the ones we love,

I really loved this Ian.

Hugs,

Sunnie

That old bugger is just what I thought a beautiful man with a beautiful heart


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you rcmaster. I appreciate your first visit, please don'e let it be your last.

There are lots more if you are interested.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Absolutely beautiful.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Beautiful poem, dearest wingman.

(Now to lower the previously high tone of comments)

How did you get Raj to hold that pose? I presume his apparent discomfort is something to do with that rash?

Alright, alright ... I'm sorry ... I just find it hard to be serious ... about anything.

Loved the lower picture though ... brought a lump to my throat.

Love ya, old boy! x


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello TL. You have displayed an additional layer to your talents. You are such a gifted writer. Did Svetlana help pick out the pictures?


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you Rosemay. I have now officially put away my plunger, my wrench, my several metres of copper piping and taken to my desk, burning the midnight oil, to write poetic nonsense, just for you.

Thank you for coming to have a read. That's what makes it all worth while, to get comments like that.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

thanks for coming, sheabutt and making that lovely comment. I appreciate your visit and the taking if your time to read and, I am happy to note, to enjoy it.

Please come again.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Wildove5, thank you for asking. Of course you may share this with your friend. I am so happy that you think it is worthwhile.

I feel privileged by you charming remark and your request.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Vinaya Ghimire, for visiting and seeing ther relevance of this poem and for liking it enough to comment that way.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

WOL, thank you for the double whammy. From one as you, my friend, I love to receive a comment of that calibre.

Hallmark, here I come (or maybe not).


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you so much, Sunnie. I am glad you liked it, and I know what you mean about the black and white picture. Everything about it is perfect, even to the expression on the Angel's face. It's not a chore to her, she's so gently laying her hand on his side, and enjoying herself too.

This poem is about four years old and means a lot to me.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you beck. One can't get much better than "absolutely", can one?

You've seen me in many guises. Thanks for your constant support.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thanks for the complement Mike. Well and gratefully received,

No, she didn't, but I know what you mean. She manages to find the most beautiful pictures, doesn't she?

That's another compliment to me...

Keep 'em comin', big boy!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thanks for popping in, Old Thing. Getting Raj to hold the pose was easy. Lettice had filled him up so well with Cooking Sherry and a few splifs that the poor lad didn't know where he was.

Getting him to smear his body with 'Fair and Lovely' was a different matter. He may be a Pathan or a Punjabi, but there was still a lot of bare skin that proclaimed: SubContinent, but Hilda magnanimously offered to cover every little bit of him with the stuff.

She is so helpful at times, bless her.


rmjudkins 5 years ago

Twilight Lawns, I consider this poem a prayer of child-like faith and innocence, as well as a fitting prescription for a peaceful night's sleep. This narrative reveals one who is ever ready and willing to accept a divine commission to maintain vigil and safeguard the entrusted loved one. Beautiful expression and thumbs up!! Regards, Robert


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

What a lovely comment, Robert. I am flattered, I am pleased, I am grateful, I am embarrassed... but above all, I feel vindicated in having written it. I am so happy it worked for you.

Thank you once again. What an elegant comment.

Ian


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Very beautiful and comforting... I think I recognize myself in that becoming white dress... If only I had the patience to guard anybody's sleep. I would wake him (preferably him) for a stimulating conversation.

Putting on my wings and flying out of the window on errands (no, my broom is not enough, I have problem with keeping my balance).

What a day today! Sirens do not seem to stop blaring - guardian angels are on strike or what?


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

You really are very funny, Svetlana? Did you read Mike's comment?

That is a great compliment to both of us, isn't it?

Thanks for coming to read... by the way, I can't believe you on a broomstick, unless you were sitting side-saddle.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

Love it, Twilight, I love poetry written by the light of midnight oil.

They are almost always translucent, seeing something of the writer more clearly.

Beautiful.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Ian, it does not matter how I sit on that broom - I was born on Halloween. With the broom. We are inseparable.

By the way, in Russian the word "witch" literally means "the one (she) who knows or knowledgeable". So what is so bad about it? The word comes from Hindu: "'ved'ma" from "vedi". You might know.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Mike: No, I had nothing to do with the choice. I don't think Ian would ever ask me to do it for him - he is very pernickety (it is my synonym for "particular") about choosing images.

These images have an undeniably recognizable stamp on them -- "chosen with utmost care by TL".

Which proves my point again and again, we may have the same pool of everything (words, images,...,melodies), but each of us will select only those which reflect his or her personality.

I happened to make an impulse purchase today - the choice was between "blue, medium-blue" and "orange". The sales associate (woman) recommended Blue. My Dad and my son voted for "Blue". My Mom and I decided on "Orange".

It is a statement - "Here I AM, GOD DAMN IT!" It is really a nice jacket - will look nicely with fall colours.

By the way:

I happen to dislike ugliness in all its forms. Check out the latest image I selected with utmost care - you don't have to answer the question, just look at the "beauty". I think it (he? she?) is very suggestive.

http://hubpages.com/question/134741/ugliness-exist...


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Great rhyme and rhythm Ian, something that you are naturally gifted with. I read it twice to soak it in. It's 11-20 PM here, i'm not sure if God will guard me, but i'll certainly sleep well and i hope you do too. You need to write more poems mate as they are always rhythmically divine. Cheers


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Rebekah, I love your comment. It is so poetic. Please excuse me if you find a poem on one of my hubs that uses some of your lovely thought.s


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

No I didn't know, Svetlana, You constantly surprise me with your knowledge and information.

I still like to imagine you side-saddle and also a place to place your travel sweets and the satnav.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Svetlana, I had a girlfriend once who once said, "With me, Orange is not just a colour; it is a way of life".


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Keith. A great comment, from a great human being.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Ian, in the personality assessment scheme that I have done - orange is my last colour -

Blue (people - people) - Green (scientific/analytical mind) - Gold (organization, management, anal-retentive part) - Orange (action & courage).

We all have four components, the question is how much of each?

I love orange, I have courage, but I don't "do" enough - I am always stuck "thinking".

Wearing bright colours requires willingness to stand out - yes, I can wear that. I like bold statements, I like personality, I like dramatic escapades - it feels ... SO ALIVE!

There was one woman at the store when I was working who asked:

- Make me invisible.

Don't worry, you are invisible, lifeless and completely unattractive - in short - a dead soul. No clothes will ever change that. No matter what colour. Mission accomplished.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I hope you didn't actually say that to her.

Poor dear would have expired on the spot.


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

No, Ian, my PERSONALITY tends to jump out - I delivered some kind of speech (there is a venue I am willing to explore - public speaking, I tend to be very animated, inspired and convincing, no matter what crap I might be pushing) - but my speech was more of a dialogue - "Why?"

I tend to explore - first comes the Blue - I listen to what people say with genuine interest, then I analyze with the same degree of interest and fervency - then I organize what I think is best and then I ACT OUT.

When I am a customer, it is a different story - most sales "associates" cannot associate with me at all - I am 42 steps ahead of them - do you know how long did it take me to choose that leather jacket? I was done in 15 minutes. I love it, I take it, I know who is paying for my impulse. I am done.

- But blue is more practical, it is easier to match, blah, blah, blah...

- I does not make a statement I want to make, therefore, your advice... (that speech I did not deliver). A pity.

But she tried to point out that it was LAST SEASON'S colour (Can you imagine the horror?!!!) and I said I don't need anyone to choose colours for me and least of all - fashion magazines.

Yes, poor woman. Leaving all her life in "moth" colours. Invisible to herself. Maybe she does not even have a shadow.


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

very touching and beautiful Ian. I feel as if Touched by an Angel. You are an angel. Thanks so much for this poem. Voted up awesome and beautiful!! I just love when you write poems. :)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Brilliant!!! "Maybe she doesn't even have a shadow".

You must use that again. It is perfect.

Moth colours!!! You are just so poetic. So poetic.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

You are so generous, Nikki. I can feel my face colouring. How very, very kind.

Keep it up. I love it!!!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Ian!! I'm really upset. I've been faithfully checking the new hubs notices for days now so as to be a better commenter than I'd been, but I didn't see any of your recent new hubs! I just came back over here to look into some of the old ones to see what new clever remarks you may have added, and finding only one cryptic remark from you to someone else, morosely I decided to look at your profile, in case there were any new ones, not really expecting there to be, since I hadn't been notified!! When I saw several new ones are posted, I looked to be sure I'm still following you - and I am, of course! So I don't know what to say about my tardiness in coming and reading this delicious poem, except - it happened. And I am SO glad to find you writing in your lovely poetic style again! It's what I fell in love with way back!

You write so elegantly, m'dear. Every compliment others have expressed fits and I second them all. The tenderness of this poem is absolutely visceral. It is ethereal, to be sue, but it's sensual all at the same time. I think you've pinpointed something profound: that we are each other's guardian angels even in this secular life.

When I lie down to sleep, I always picture a dear, dear friend hovering over me to soothe and protect me. I utter the name out loud and the next thing I know - I've slept well and it's morning. So it works!

Lovely, just lovely. It has improved my day immensely! In short - it is perfect!

(And there are several more for me to look forward to reading! Whoopee - what a boon!)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Hello, Nellie, what a lovely comment. I know what you mean about notifications. I get a few, but when I snoop around, I realise I have missed some.

Never mind. You are here and you liked it. And that is all that matters.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Yes, that's what matters to me, as well!

I sometimes rely on the list of hubbers I follow in "My Account" - I can scan down the list looking for the most recent hubs they've each posted, which are shown by their names. I believe those are updated really quickly, whereas the emails have to be compiled and sent and received and all that. Anyway - finding yours is gratifying and I did, so - whoo hoo!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Nellie. I also go through this with yours and others' and wonder why I have missed them.

If you want to smile, and you like pure arrogance, have a look at what some awful person has posted on VocalCoach's latest hub. He needs to sit on the naughty stair and miss his pudding.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Well - I must admit - I was horrified, Ian - just horrified.

My initial temptation was to make a citizen's arrest right then and there, even if I had to borrow some nearby Bobby's handcuffs and billy club (in case of resistance)!

But my highly commendable and oft-praised charitableness overcame that atypical response, which, though amply justified, would still have been a harsh action. So, instead, it prompted me to "heap coals of fire on his head", his shameless head, - in the form of a roundabout degree of kind and heartfelt recognition of his voice's power and beauty.

I can only hope that my merciful kindness may shame him into a more self-effacing attitude & into relinquishing that reprehensible arrogance which dominated his every word upon Vocal Coach's comment page.

tsk tsk. What would Hilda say about this departure from his oh-so-much-more characteristic noblesse oblige, I wonder? Perhaps he's serving his sentence in the naughty stair without his pudding, a mild punishment which he abundantly deserves, -even as I write through tears streaming down my disappointed countenance . . .

If he will but repents and relents, then perhaps my smiles and approval rating will rise once again! sniff, sniff. . .

;->


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

should be "will . . .repent and relent" ~ : [


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

should be "repent and relent" . . . : [


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

She won't reply, anyway. She isn't a replier.

Poor deluded chap though. I asked Hidla what she thought, and dear Mrs P=F. said that there should be more of his ilk.

"Too many mumblers, Dear! One never knows what the lower classes want. Like a lot of Foreigners and Colonials. One has to shout to make one's self understood".

"Take young Sharon," she was heard to complain, "One thought she was a Bosnian for months, when she first started to work at The Lawns. Turns out the silly girl comes from Tooting Bec. What is the world coming to?"


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

But even so, m'dear. Mrs. H.P=F was overheard expressing to that bastion of propriety, the honorable Maude, that her, Mrs. H.P=F's, chagrin at the despicable mumbling which passes for vocal output among a level of individuals, - great as her contempt for it is, - has only lately been overshadowed by a blatant travesty & treason toward the standards of good breeding displayed by a certain patron and erstwhile resident of the Lawns. She was overheard also to be planning a comeuppance for said patron/resident. . . .


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Oops! There'll be tears before bedtime.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

M'dear, you must very alert to unusual noises and evidences of foul play in the vicinity. You know with what fury and precision a personage of Mrs. H.P=F's stature can act and react when warranted (or perceived as being warranted)!!

One should never underestimate the surprise element which can be conceived and let loose in such a case as this, especially by the 'strong, silent' types such as Mrs.H.P=F. Be wary!

I can't help but be reminded of one of my Dad's adages: "If tears don't help, try sweat!" (grin)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Mrs Plantagenet-Featheringstonehaugh is one of my favourite characters. There's an awful lot of mileage in that well connected bird. But I'm damned if I can write about her.

I went up to the common today with the express intention of writing at least a couple of hundred or so words for 'The Potter' and spent the time listening to Lynne Truss reading from her book. 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves - The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation'.

I watched 'Frequency ' tonight. One of my favourite movies. I have no idea how many times I have seen it... but that isn't writing 'The Potter' is it?


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

BTDT (Been There Done That, in case you weren't in on that one in lesser places).

But look at it this way: - That was all INSPIRATION GESTATION!

I have a nice built-in excuse for shirking any of my many "must-do" areas, because I'm usually multitasking, doing at least two or more of them! haha I do have a Gemini (duality) ascendant, you see, though my Sagittarius (the archer- straight-on) moon can get me fixated on any one pursuit, but The Archer is also very quick-moving so I may not linger so long.

Ah well. Another of my favorite excuses is that doing a bunch of different things keeps my brain active and wards off Alzheimer's. If I get bogged down in too much 'important' stuff, I just do the online jigsaw puzzles for awhile. (Aquarius moon's stubborn independence - I'll do what I want, 'y hear! - resourcefulness and ability to move back from the trees to view the forest. ie: perspective & versatility.)

Was going to list my activities currently underway as I write, but thought better of it, figuring: 1) that's not getting them done, 2) no one would believe it! and 3) boring, boring boring! haha

Love ya.

ps - do you know the movie, "Signs"? It's among my younger stepson's favorites and I've peeked into its Roger Ebert review & a few scenes on Google. - Looks worthwhile.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Take a peek if you dare - The director is an amazing Indian, M. Night Shyamalan.

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artic.../20020802/REVIEWS/208020305

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTgO18G5zjI


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Can't seem to click and get Ebert's review & I sense it may fit your mood; - so here it is:

"SIGNS"

Review - BY ROGER EBERT / August 2, 2002

cast & credits

Father Graham Hess: Mel Gibson

Merrill Hess: Joaquin Phoenix

Morgan Hess: Rory Culkin

Bo Hess: Abigail Breslin

Officer Caroline Paski: Cherry Jones

Colleen Hess: Patricia Kalember

Radio Host: Jose L. Rodriguez

Buena Vista Pictures Presents A Film Written And Directed By M. Night Shyamalan. Running Time: 120 Minutes. Rated PG-13 (For Some Frightening Moments).

"M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs" is the work of a born filmmaker, able to summon apprehension out of thin air. When it is over, we think not how little has been decided, but how much has been experienced. Here is a movie in which the plot is the rhythm section, not the melody. A movie that stays free of labored explanations and a forced climax, and is about fear in the wind, in the trees, in a dog's bark, in a little girl's reluctance to drink the water. In signs.

The posters show crop circles, those huge geometric shapes in fields of corn and wheat, which were seen all over the world in the 1970s. Their origin was explained in 1991 when several hoaxers came forward and demonstrated how they made them; it was not difficult, they said. Like many supernatural events, however, crop circles live on after their unmasking, and most people today have forgotten, or never knew, that they were explained. "Signs" uses them to evoke the possibility that ... well, the possibility of anything.

The genius of the film, you see, is that it isn't really about crop circles, or the possibility that aliens created them as navigational aids. I will not even say whether aliens appear in the movie, because whether they do or not is beside the point. The purpose of the film is to evoke pure emotion through the use of skilled acting and direction, and particularly through the soundtrack. It is not just what we hear that is frightening. It is the way Shyamalan has us listening intensely when there is nothing to be heard. I cannot think of a movie where silence is scarier, and inaction is more disturbing.

Mel Gibson stars as Father Graham Hess, who lives on a farm in Bucks County, Pa. We discover he is a priest only belatedly, when someone calls him "Father." "It's not 'Father' anymore," he says. Since he has two children, it takes us a beat to compute that he must be Episcopalian. Not that it matters, because he has lost his faith. The reason for that is revealed midway in the film, a personal tragedy I will not reveal.

Hess lives on the farm with his brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix) and his children Morgan and Bo (Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin). There is an old-fashioned farmhouse and barn, and wide cornfields, and from the very first shot there seems to be something ... out there, or up there, or in there. Hess lives with anxiety gnawing at him. The wind sounds strange. Dogs bark at nothing. There is something wrong . The crop circles do not explain the feelings so much as add to them. He catches a glimpse of something in a corn field. Something wrong.

The movie uses TV news broadcasts to report on events around the world, but they're not the handy CNN capsules that supply just what the plot requires. The voices of the anchors reveal confusion and fear. A video taken at a birthday party shows a glimpse of the most alarming thing. "The history of the world's future is on TV right now," Morgan says.

In a time when Hollywood mistakes volume for action, Shyamalan makes quiet films. In a time when incessant action is a style, he persuades us to play close attention to the smallest nuances. In "The Sixth Sense" (1999) he made a ghost story that until the very end seemed only to be a personal drama--although there was something there, some buried hint, that made us feel all was not as it seemed. In "Unbreakable" (2000) he created a psychological duel between two men, and it was convincing even though we later discovered its surprising underlying nature, and all was redefined.

In "Signs," he does what Hitchcock said he liked to do, and plays the audience like a piano. There is as little plot as possible, and as much time and depth for the characters as he can create, all surrounded by ominous dread. The possibility of aliens is the catalyst for fear, but this family needs none, because it has already suffered a great blow.

Instead of flashy special effects, Shyamalan creates his world out of everyday objects. A baby monitor that picks up inexplicable sounds. Bo's habit of leaving unfinished glasses of water everywhere. Morgan's bright idea that caps made out of aluminum foil will protect their brains from alien waves. Hess' use of a shiny kitchen knife, not as a weapon, but as a mirror. The worst attack in the film is Morgan's asthma attack, and his father tries to talk him through it, in a scene that sets the entire movie aside and is only about itself.

At the end of the film, I had to smile, recognizing how Shyamalan has essentially ditched a payoff. He knows, as we all sense, that payoffs have grown boring. The mechanical resolution of a movie's problems is something we sit through at the end, but it's the setup and the buildup that keep our attention. "Signs" is all buildup. It's still building when it's over."


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Oh Yes. You are preaching to the converted. I love most of M. Night Shyamalan's movies. Not all. 'Lady in the Water' I found tedious and I should imagine he woukld like 'Wide Awake' suppressed.

I have everything that he has on DVD except 'The last Airbender' which I loved, but many didn't. I'll get it when it's cheap enough, and I hope he has the guts to do the other two (or is it three?).

I am going to watch 'Signs' tonight, because you have whetted my appetite.

I, Nellie, an almost a Shyamalan Groupie!!!

'Signs also has two of my favourite actors: Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

WOW - ! That is really wonderful to hear! I can't say I'm too surprised that Shyamalan is among your favorites. The only thing I considered that might have kept him from your view is that he grew up over here in Pennslyvania.

haha - 'preaching to the converted'. I've hear of 'preaching to the choi'r, but not the converted. haha.

Until Michael mentioned "Signs", I hadn't heard of it. He referred me to Ebert's review and that really convinces me I'd like it. I loved "The Sixth Sense" and it has two of my favorite actors, Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. Wish I had it and "Signs" in my DVD library. I'm unfamiliar with those films you mention as the exceptions to the rule of Shyamalan's excellence. Looking him up, I see several which appeal to me, though.

You stirred my curiosity about "The Last Airbender". But Ebert's review doesn't start off with the kind of praise he gave to "Signs":

"The Last Airbender" is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. Not here. It puts a nail in the coffin of low-rent 3D, but it will need a lot more coffins than that.. . . " etc.

Doesn't sound too promising

Michael mentioned a few other favorites of his in a current email ("To Kill A Mockingbird", "The Man Who Knew Too Much", "The Day The Earth Stood Still"l - and Keanu Reeves' "The Matrix" series) and asked me what are some of mine. That is such an overwhelming thought, I have so many. I told him that "ARWAV" is way up there.

And his question reminded me of an idea I've had brewing for awhile, ever since you and I were talking about our DVD stashes and you said you might list yours so we could see where ours overlap - or something along that order. I've been thinking of actually indexing mine. Would be fun to show favorites with 1 - 2 or 3 stars, maybe, as well, besides being handy so I don't duplicate those I have already, which has happened in the past, when I did more shopping for DVDs @ Fry's nearby here. So easy to see titles I like and pitch them in a shopping cart! Ordering online gives more chance to think it through! haha.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

It looks as if the DVD list that I sent you didn't arrive. I most definitely sent it. and I was only thinking when you asked if I knew Shyamalan, why you hadn't noticed him in the list..

So rather than you looking for old e-mail, I am going to send it to you again NOW.

Try 'THE LAST AIRBENDER'. i know it was slated, but it has Dev patel in it as a Baddy, and I think he comes over well.


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patnothe 4 years ago from Camagong, San Jose, Camarines Sur, Philippines

"Sleep well, and may God and a thousand Angels guard your rest"

-I loved this line. Very reassuring especially when I might be thinking that tomorrow I might not wake up anymore. This line tells us that we must always believe God watch those people who hope in Him.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you for dropping by, Patnothe. I'm glad you liked what you read. Reassurance is one of the things we all need, yet some never are given it.


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patnothe 4 years ago from Camagong, San Jose, Camarines Sur, Philippines

I reread your poem and I admire your amazing spiritual thinking...In my own stand, I suppose we should take God into working partner in all our activities or especially in writing so we can surely get more ideas (laws of God) than we can ever use.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

All the modern evidence tells us that God is an outdated concept, and that it is all mumbo jumbo, but I cannot believe that all the good things that have happened to me are just chance.

I believe that writing, art and whatever I manage to do well are a gift of God, and I remember the Parable of the Talents when the Master returned and found that one of the servants had not used his. He was really annoyed because that servants had hidden his gifts and not used them.

I have been lucky, but not through my own cleverness, but by the way God has put me into situations and given me the tools to benefit from them.

End of sermon.

I am not a Christian, patnothe, but I was brought up in a Christian society for most of my life and I still hold most of those concepts dearly. I certainly am not a spiritual person… well sometimes. Ha ha ha!


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

All the modern evidence tells us that God is an outdated concept, and that it is all mumbo jumbo, but I cannot believe that all the good things that have happened to me are just chance.

I believe that writing, art and whatever I manage to do well are a gift of God, and I remember the Parable of the Talents when the Master returned and found that one of the servants had not used his. He was really annoyed because that servants had hidden his gifts and not used them.

I have been lucky, but not through my own cleverness, but by the way God has put me into situations and given me the tools to benefit from them.

End of sermon.

I am not a Christian, patnothe, but I was brought up in a Christian society for most of my life and I still hold most of those concepts dearly. I certainly am not a spiritual person… well sometimes. Ha ha ha!


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Extremely beautiful!


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Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, manatita44. I loved writing it, as you can most probably see.


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Savio Dawson 2 years ago from Mumbai, India

Ian, how did I miss the poet in you? Beautiful!


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Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

To itSavio, a person whom I very much like and admire, that comment is an added bonus.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

thank you, with your poem, i might sleep well


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Twilight Lawns 22 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you for the visit.

Much appreciated.

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