“Life flickers on the frame like beautiful hummingbirds.
That is the film that always comes out blank.
The painting the artist can’t get shapes to fit.
The poem that shrugs off every word you try.
The music no one has ever heard.”
From I Am a Cameraman
Source: Emergency Kit, ed. Jo Shapcott and Matthew Sweeney; (Faber & Faber, 1996)