ACT III, SCENE 3
(SATURDAY NOON: In Angela’s dining room.)
My poem is completed!
Mine is too!
I’m almost… done!
I… I can’t think of a rhyme! I don’t know what to say! I can’t consider! My common sense has let me down; I have a chink in my armor!
Well, what do you need to rhyme with?
Rhymes… for the word… oh wait! Never mind, silly me!
Excitedly) Let’s recite our poems! I want to hear them!
Erm, may I pass?
Yes, sure, fine with me, and my ears.
I wanna go first! Eh hem…
It rains hard, rain is wet and I love the coolness.
It spreads upon my body.
In my right hand, I have a match; in my left I have the box.
It rains today, lightly, it pours down only now.
I saunter to the gate, a gate full of memories
I brush the past and look into the new
So many memories, my past my life I hated it all.
Why didn't it go? This pain is too great.
I burn the gate, burn it down in the light rain!
More thunder, more lightning, in the flashes.
I gasp for I see the faces
…James, I never thought I’d see the day in which you’d write a poem and actually make me say, James, I never thought I’d see the day…
Astonished) Wow… wow…. Wow….
That was eerie. I can’t believe the brilliance in this piece. It matches to that of mine, which Miss Eltrut said. Well, that was last year in the sixth grade and now is now. Miss Eltrut, fun loving English teacher, forgive me for these words, but you do not know true talent!
I am the King of this world you all of you are just here to serve me!
I guess I should go next…
This horrid war causes pain and suffering to all
Nobody ever listens to that single distressed call
From the US capitol in Washington, D.C
To many other countries that are unknown to me
You wonder why the USA is different from all of you
I even bet you wonder why we haven’t got the clue
The single, last and final clue which is hard to explain
It’s the very last puzzle piece that is still to remain
The final piece that remains is the cause of this,
Maybe if our president wasn’t such a hypocrite,
Then to you, I will assume, this would be true
This world would be much safer for both me and you.
You really liked it? I couldn’t think of anythin’ to write but this is what I got. Dedicated to those fighting in the wars and who have lost family and friends.
OK, I will go next… It might seem kind of odd at first, but you’ll get my point sooner or later. Oh, and it is about my attitude toward life…
Sometimes when I hear this I just want to cry
Sometimes when I hear that I just want to die
Sometimes my emotions aren’t worth blinking back the tears
Sometimes my emotions are not worth screaming at my fears
Sometimes my emotions are ones I keep inside
Sometimes my emotions aren’t the ones I want to hide
Sometimes when I want to frown all I do is smile
Sometimes when I want to sit I will walk a mile
Sometimes when I want to die all I do is live
Sometimes when I want to take all I do is give
I sometimes wonder if I am here, or if this is just a game.
That was so cool! OK, are we all done? Yes? No? Maybe? Good! I’m gonna get mom and tell her we’re ready to send them in!
(Angela runs off stage.)
OK, now that she’s gone, I have a question for you two ladies.
(Sophie and Holly look at each another. Then back at James.)
You mean why I and Sophie were being … jerks to one another and why I was being a jerk to you?
I know why you two were being jerks to each another and I know why you were being a jerk to me but I wanna know…
(Walks over to the counter. Slams hands on the counter)
Dudes, where’s my pie? I had a piece right here and now it’s gone!
(Sophie and Holly begin to laugh)