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A die hard fan

Sunday evening
No good movie showing
Not heard of anything
At the theaters playing

Recognized a face
In a poster on the daily paper
Played a role years earlier
In a Martial arts rollercoaster

Name was synonyms
With the character he played
Bolo real and reel name
Now in a film with Van Damne

Bloodsport the film
Declared a huge hit
Tickets sold out
Black market no go

Not too interested
But still disappointed
Taken for granted
Full house never expected

Riding my bike
Friend seated Pillion
Bereft of any decision
Home bound only option

Crossed another theater
Saw the poster and decided
It was not worth it
A man with 2 tickets offered it

Dragged our feet inside
Saw the film's stills outside
2 names above the title
Mattered so very little

Strolled into our seats
Close our eyes and go to sleep
A sold out audience
Awaiting the films inception

Had seen the trailer
While watching another picture
One more in the action genre
Nothing new to offer
The film released as a one week filler
Between 2 other
Weekend over
No chance to recover
5 more days to endure
Tide turned over
Word of mouth the do'er
People flocked together
To watch this blockbuster
Never ending run in the theater
A pilgrimage for every moviegoer

Title card said Bruce Willis
Thought he was a novice
Only to be proved the opposite
Made me sit up in my Aisle seat

Aged nineteen
Influenced by his smoking
Flips his wrists
Doesn't pick it with his fist
Dangling between his lips
Zippo lighter added to the list
Held it between his thumb
Pulled it in from the edge of his mouth
Rings of smoke magical when he blew it out

Dialogue delivered new the way it sounded
Never heard before where every word was modulated
Riveting action film in front of my eyes unfolded
Greatest movie experience ever experienced

Never seen anyone with more style
Nuances added made him stand out by a mile
Entire film screen time by himself
Very difficult unless confidence in self

Definition of a man
Dictionary cannot define
Set the benchmark for generations before and after
Emulating him was the sole objective hereafter

Chain Smokin Binge Drinkin
Hard Swearin Wisecrackin
Self talkin and in times of extreme stress just laughin

International Superstar
Born before my eyes
Forever in the hearts
Magic of Die Hard

Balancing the equation
Villain with a great reputation
Veteran of the stage
In his debut he plays
Hans Gruber
The ruthless killer
Hired hands by the dozen
Each character important

Alan Rickman from London
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts Vice Chairman
Playing a role of a person with German origin
Greatest villain of all time
Says the viewing audience

Matching in Style and Skill
The picture in my head still
German accent went for the kill
Anyone matching histrionic prowess, till today nil

The entire movie played
Hero and Villain interplay
Only a couple of scenes together
Made them memorable forever

Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman
Greatest on screen combination
Together made the movie a sensation
Yin and Yang provided the wholesome phenomenon

Watched the Magic
A born again film fanatic
Redifined every notion
Of motion picture appreciation

Changed my life
Became my lifestyle
Repeated viewing
Make it more appealing

Best Action movie
Best Action Superstar
Best Villain Star
Tops every list
Deserves every bit
Every frame a lesson
Watch closely and Listen

Unwittingly went in
Came out haloed within
40 Stories of sheer adventure
Admiration only increased 30 years after
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Submitted by K.V.Srikanth on May 18, 2021

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