The Host among the Crowd by Martin Porter

As soon as I arrived I made an attempt to find my host, but the two or three people of whom I asked his whereabouts stared at me in such an amazed way, and denied so vehemently any knowledge of his movements, that I slunk off in the direction of the cocktail table—the only place in the garden where a single man could linger without looking purposeless and alone.” — F Scott Fitzgerald

He has the show of power.
Stopping to share a word, he
Barely eats
As if he had fed prior,
Forgetting his invite.

Some say his riches
Are as illicit as
Brandy on his cocktail bar,
Not old as the label claims,
Or as proof. Some say
He lives on a little poker here,
Or bar-room brawls,
And some say worse.

He wanders ever hopeful,
With watchful eyes. Maybe he’s
Simply guarding his back, but
He seems to be searching
For the one thing he has lost.
You might get the impression
Life does not like him,
But I admire him and my girl,
She adores him.


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10 responses to “The Host among the Crowd by Martin Porter

  1. Real nice character drawn within the poetry.

  2. len kuntz

    great lyrical balance and i love the f. scott excerpt.

  3. oh this is so very cool. gatesby is one of my fave characters, and you paint him oh-so-darkly. peace…

    • Martin

      Thanks – he is a great character, painted as much by what is not said about him as what is. In this poem I tried to paint him by the gaps he leaves in the crowd, but it seemed to disappear with the intensity of his character.

  4. I like this little narration. Nice.

  5. Kelly

    those last two lines curl things up nicely

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  7. Nice take on the theme…Gatsby…what’s not to like?

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