Alfred Hitchcock Is Dead: A Poem by David Rogers

Alfred Hitchcock is dead

So are most of the people
who were on his TV shows
in his movies
The actors have become
historical fictions
faded to black and white
stored in digital format
ones and zeroes
protons and electrons
something and nothing
murderers and victims
allowed to play out
their dramas over and over
again in peace
in what cannot be called
heaven or hell
It is only what happened
as the record plainly shows
The sponsors our host takes
such delight in deriding
are also defunct
but business thrives
death still pays the bills
Alfred Hitchcock is not dead


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