Bright Brit (For Alan Rickman)

That smooth sotto voce baritone
A voice for the ages
The prominent proboscis
Teeth that said, “Yeesss, I’m from England”

Slightly sibilant ‘s’
A peculiar British drawl
The singular instrument that was his voice

Hilarious or reserved
Alien or Austin
Wizard or Will Shakespeare
He was all of it, and sublime

We lost a good one that day
but the work lives on
in velvet couplets
and spells cast

© 2016 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil
Had to come out of the cold to pay tribute to a wonderful man. Alan Rickman was one of my favorite actors. Yes, there was the loss of Bowie, but Rickman’s talents touched me in unexpected ways. I fell in love with him in “Truly Madly Deeply” (no commas in that title – see the film to find out why).

Lex and Riley and I quote his Dr. Lazarus from “Galaxy Quest” incessantly – “By Grabthar’s Hammer… what a savings,” and “…five curtain calls!”

Rickman had the knack of being droll when others were chewing scenery. He was a generous actor and colleague. He stayed true to the same woman for 50 years! Who even does that in the performing arts?!

I miss him. Thanks to ABC Wednesday for hosting my scribblings, the first in months.