Peter O’Toole
Like the lamenting Oud song floating over dunes 
Like the scent of tears
Like the cascade of water lost to the desert
Like the lake of broken hearts
Like the shattered statues of ancient heroes
Like Heracles shouldering Poseidon's rage
Like the still life still alive in still evenings
Like the slowly collapsing night
Like the drunken fool in slapstick fall
Like the sting of a smacked cheek
Like the branding of insulted honour
Like the marketing of shining technology
Like the newest new ahead of the followers.

Peter O’Toole, British stage and screen actor, was born today in 1932.

Thomas Gainsborough, English painter, died on this day in 1788.

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