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atomic lemon drops #2: rehearsal for “when doors slam shut”

08/12/12 , ,

the next poem up in atomic lemon drops has a place in my heart unlike anything else i’ve written.  read it over a few times and send me your comments and questions.  i’ll collect everything including my responses in the poem’s background page (link below).  i also have a question for you in the background page so make sure to check it out.  again, a big part of this series is discussing the poem and reading/writing poetry in general so share what comes to your mind.

Rehearsal for “When Doors Slam Shut”

(Grocery store)  Aisle 5,
between the fiber and diapers,
a cashier-turned-“Sample Specialist”
with cracker-and-cheese sandwiches:
There’s Cheddar,
White American,
Gouda,
Yellow American,
Swiss, Brie, and my personal favorite,
Provolone.
Feel free and take one.

(Action!)

SAMPLE SPECIALIST:

begins with a

pow…no, a bang!

Dorms slam shut

by gunshots.  Then…

(Cut!)

(back from Spring Break)  Summer
warms up frigid Aisle 12
dressed in polyester sunshine.
Her boyfriend, between the
chicken and eggs,
toasts pigs in blankets
while making $5.35/hour.
Now that’s five-thirty-five
plus perks:
15% off baby formula
and 20 off sliced ham
and You know what? 
Cause I love you,
you can take two.

(Action!)

BOYFRIEND:

begins with a bang!

Doors slammed shut

by gunshots.  When Life

flies away and leaves you

walking alone…Only,

only then there’s a short-

(Cut!)

(to the apartment)  A cashier-turned-father,
sandwiched between the bed and kitchen.
His little girl in a blanket cries
hungry, but nobody likes stewed carrots.
Just take one for Mommy
+ one for Daddy
+ one for you.

(Action!)

DADDY:

Action begins with a bang.

When doors slam shut like gunshots,

Life flies away.

Leaves you walking lonely.

There’s no shortcut.

No easy way out.

So you gotta start moving,

faster than before.

Or else…

(That’s a wrap.)

Background: Rehearsal for “When Doors Slam Shut”

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© Carlton Williams Jr. and atolemdro, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this poem without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to  Carlton Williams Jr. and atolemdro with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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