Thursday 26 November 2009

#28 - Dramatic Exits

The emoting in the serious burns ward
is too hammy for the casting director.
Someone moans like a walrus

and he pinches the bridge of his red nose.
'Jesus.' He's after something
a little more muted - 'just a smidge,'

he adds, with an arched brow that suggests
extreme understatement. We try soap bubbles
but he scowls at their tweeness;

the white dot zap of a TV
makes him exclaim 'Bastard!' and slap me
across the chops with a rolled up copy

of The Tribune; obituaries ink themselves
in reverse across his sweaty palm.
Finally, watching a bath drain,

he gives up. 'It's useless,' he sags,
and, just like that,
he finds his finale.

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