How the Last European Film Will Go

by Tim Suermondt

The charming couple will split
over bad sex and incompatible philosophy

the long tracking shots and extreme closeups
will exhaust them and a generation.

A few difficult books will be packed
the light turned off in the small apartment

with the red curtains and burgundy roses.
The couple will tender a farewell kiss

by the square but will jolt off in slow motion
in separate directions the final camera shot

over the city’s rooftops, lingering nostalgically
until the credits scroll from darkness into history.