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Second to last video for the class!

A for Effort

A for Effort

Another short script I wrote for my class.

Self Portrait, As a Piggy Bank

The piggy bank (a misnomer) sits
it’s ceramic surface
reflecting light
its shape, an awkward beauty.
A mysterious hand
(call it fate)
deposits a coin,
seemingly worthless, into the slit
that opens its interior to the out-
side world.
The piggy bank (that’s actually shaped
like a bathtub
or a bible) takes in the coin
and like a planted seed of an idea
it grows
as each moment another coin is added.
Thus experiences are recalled,
in a grand inspiration
purchased by the mind of the piggy bank
and transformed from thought
and potential
into something beautiful.

Quentin Tarantino Directs the Murwood Elementary Annual Christmas Pageant

Mr. Tarantino stares at the motley lineup of children
takes a deep breath
says to them
“Who can tell me the motivation behind Johnny’s character?”
A pig-tailed girl in the back
pipes up sweetly “He wants to save Christmas!”
The teacher rounds on her, interrogating
“but why?”
The gang of students stares back blankly
they never stopped to ask “why?”
As they discussed why I supposedly liked Christmas
I crept to the back,
beginning to fade.
No longer was I Johnny, but a creation
of Tarantino, our harshest pageant director
who would help us put on the most action-packed
show the school and our parents
had ever seen.
Provided we remembered our lines.

How to Do Your Homework Last Minute

Last night you were too tired
or too lazy
or too behind on watching Glee
but today you have five minutes to spare
the class before the class before it’s due.

Don’t worry
about typing
or expounding
or writing neatly
You don’t have time for that

Slide the paper
under your binder
so this teacher doesn’t feel the sting
of lesser

No time to nurse her broken ego
You have homework to do.

Hurry and finish before
the bell rings!
You do
and it does
The walk to that class is the ultimate