Sentimental in Camelot

Do you have songs or movies you can barely watch a second time for they bring such an emotional knot in your chest you think you cannot handle it?

Sounds so dramatic, but I think you know what I mean. Perhaps it’s the words, the meaning, the inference, that swirls around our minds and hearts and ties everything into a knot. Perhaps it’s a really romantic ending, or a crossed love or missed opportunity. Someone dies before reconciliation. Something so simple yet so personal you surprise yourself at your reaction.

I don’t mean movies where someone dies  at the end. Those are endings I try to avoid. I mean feel good/sad endings that tug at your heart strings in that awful way.

Now, I looked around online for “movies that will break your heart at the end.” There were some doozies there. I have to admit I haven’t seen most — if not all — of them. So everyone’s list is different, depending on the texture of their heart.

For instance, I loved the movie Passion of Mind, 2000, with Demi Moore. She lives one life during the day and another at night. Her letting go at the end makes me cry deep and mournful tears every time I watch it.

It’s only a movie, missie..

Or how about the movie Camelot? That antique medieval musical where the queen marries the king and sleeps with the prince and breaks the king’s heart. The song ‘If Ever I Should Leave You” still gives me goosebumps. True, unrequited love.

There are a number of other deep movies that click my heart, but you know what I mean. Like a love song you can never let go of. Like a dream you can’t hold onto.

I think I’m a hopeless romantic. That is why I love to write. I can create my own dynamic, heart wrenching scenario and feel it over and over again. I can bring people together, punish evil, create ghosts and extraterrestrials and virgins and middle-aged goddesses. Who cares, as long as I’m in control of the heart strings.

That’s what you should do with your creativity. Love it. Embrace it. Get your heart pumping and create like there’s no tomorrow. Scare yourself. Embrace yourself. Make yourself laugh. Whether you are writing or painting, put yourself out there.

You should love it, too. After all, it’s all magic. Just ask King Arthur….


Each evening, from December to December,
Before you drift to sleep upon your cot,
Think back on all the tales that you remember
of Camelot.

Ask ev’ry person if he’s heard the story,
And tell it strong and clear if he has not,
That once there was a fleeting wisp of glory
called Camelot

Where once it never rained till after sundown,
By eight a.m. the morning fog had flown…
Don’t let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief shining moment that was known
As Camelot.


10 thoughts on “Sentimental in Camelot

  1. I haven’t read that in a long, long time. Yet I remember it was dark and broody. Sometimes I wish I could write like that so I could get my own frustrations up and out into the light!

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  2. I think you should add books to this list, after movies and songs. There are so many titles I loved to bits but don’t want to pick again. Off the top of my head comes ‘Wuthering Heights’ with its vivid darkness and twisted love that makes it that distinct kind of brilliant book which you enjoy a lot but have secretly hated it’s every character from time to time.


  3. Only our generation’s Camelot. There were and are other Camelots out there…even if only in our stories. Your stories, too!


  4. Unfortunately this wonderful story will forever be tied to JFK. It was his favorite play. He and Jackie had just seen the broadway version prior to that terrible day: November 22, 1963. Easy for me to remember because it was also my father’s birthday. My mother had a small party planned, which of course was cancelled. I think that day took a piece of my generations heart. The end of a simpler world. The end of Camelot.


  5. You know — I think that’s it. Control of the story. We can make it whatever we want. And let the pain and confusion of the world drift away. We can put that confusion in our story, but we somehow work through it. Unlike sometimes in reality. Thank you for an enlightening comment.


  6. It’s great how you put that aspect of writing into words. I do like to have control of the story, and guide it to my preferred ending, so unlike real life.


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