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I two act play in the Theatre of the Absurd


A windowless white room. Two chairs. A single long fluorescent light hangs from the ceiling.


Gordo is seated with his head in his hands, elbows rested on both knees.  He is staring at the floor.  He sighs loudly, scans the walls around him as though he’s looking for something, and rests his head back in his hands again.


Enter Velder


GORDO:  Is there no clock here?  Not upon a single wall in all the room?  Where has the time gone!

VELDER:  [He sits down in the chair beside Gordo.] Excuse me, sir, do you have the time?

GORDO:  Have it?  [to the audience]Do I have it, he asks!  Once, certainly, before I was here, in this room.

VELDER: Before you were where?

GORDO: Here!  A room without clocks.

VELDER: Haven’t you a watch?

GORDO:  Lost it someplace years ago.  Been late everywhere since.

VELDER:  Missed trains did you?

GORDO:  Lots.

VELDER:  Lose buses?

GORDO:  Or course. 

VELDER:  Still cross about it?

GORDO:  Who couldn’t be!  No time, no order, no order, no bloody patience.

VELDER:  Could be worse I’d spose.

GORDO:  Hardly seems that way with all the running, after the trains and buses, bought new shoes damn near weekly.  A terrible fate!

VELDER:  Made it to the store for shoes, somehow.  All was not lost.

GORDO:  Hell if I haven’t lost days walking about.

VELDER:  [shrugs] Better to have days to lose than nothing at all.

GORDO:  [agitated] You’re a real chipper lad, eh.  Glass half full fellow.

VELDER:  No use in an empty glass, never quenched my thirst that way.

GORDO:  A thirst for what?

VELDER:  Simple things.  Catching the bus, a good pair of...

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                        the bird pulls

            a boot

from the soil,

                        a man inside it,

            he spits

clumps of dirt


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the bones of my body
are rockets aimed
at the sun,

that this sun can
never harm me
when I am this big,
when I am billions

of light years tall
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Good. You?

Not bad. You, uhh, sound nice.

Thanks, you too.

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This is just a little weird,...

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