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Act 5, Scene 1: Irene's Twilight Zone

Act 5, Scene 1: Irene’s Twilight Zone See whole poem, "The Main Show," and index of scenes.  (Spotlight opens on the lobby of the theater.  Characters who remain in the lobby enter the theater, which remains dark.  Joan the nurse tells the tour guide to also go in, and the narrator hangs back awhile.) Joan: Go ahead in. I’ll stay with my patient.Anyway, this is a family…See More
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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Loved You So



Well dad, how long has it been

since you passed from

us to wherever

it is that we all go?



I’m sorry I couldn’t say the

things that needed saying,

when I know I should have said them

to you while you were still here with us.



I remember all the places

we used to go and the things we used to do;

all the great stuff that I learned

from just listening to you.



If I could travel back in time

So many years ago,… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on June 20, 2010 at 9:41am — No Comments

Rays of the Sun

Weeding out in the yard



Late one afternoon;



Daisies, marigolds, daffodils,



Violently blooming on the threshold of summer.





A warm humid day—the air barely stirring.



Sweat darkening my armpits;



Dripping off my nose.



In the distance…

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Added by Chuck Connors on June 19, 2010 at 8:41pm — No Comments

A Burning Anger

Little tourist towns way up in the mountains



With fancy-pants cafes and snooty up-scale bistros.



“Come save with us—our prices rolled back!”



Smiling, sweating shop owners chasing the almighty dollar.



While regular, poor folks, willing to work for an honest day’s wages



Fret and starve back up in the hills.…



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Added by Chuck Connors on June 7, 2010 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Blacksnake

Blacksnake livin’ in the pottin’ shed



hangin’ from the rafters just fine,



in walks a lady spots the Blacksnake,



screaming and hollering “oh my.”





Poor old Blacksnake just hangin’ there,



not hurtin’ nobody in the world.



Seems some folks don’t like no…

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Smoky Mountain Rain





Smoky Mountain rain, fresh and clean, driven through the cracks and crevices



of the cold crystalline aquifers in the deepest dark far below our warm, sunny world.



This precious resource filled up the gargantuan canyons of Earth’s oceans eons ago;



long before we humans strutted the stage of creation.



It was and is the source of all life, a…

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What If?

‘Big men’ come and swoop down upon us



like hawks diving down on cowed, helpless mice.





They come, whether we want them to or not,



like bad weather or other natural disasters.





What if ‘big men’ didn’t come,



staying away and left us free and unmolested?…



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Sweet Surprise

A riot, an explosion, a conflagration of colors;



Spread across the land according to the laws of the Creator.





Brilliant yellows, dark forest greens, gentle pinks, and dazzling whites;



A collage of colors burst forth from the earth.





Every spring, life comes springing up like a colorful…

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Vigilant Gray Cat


Tree swallows, Blue birds, and little Finches hop around;
A couple of Starlings fighting at a feeder.
While under them, hiding, hungry in the grass;
A vigilant gray cat waits for his chance.

Chuck Connors, April 3, 2010

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Cold Rains of Spring



The cold rains of spring come every year;

Driving down from the heavens,

Flashing from the dark cloud masses,

Creating a muddy mess of bogs, puddles, and torrential streams.



Humans hunched over against the gusts scurry about

Encased in Gore-Tex and plastic grimacing at the windy wetness.

Cars and trucks driving on dirt roads and grass driveways,

Spinning tires helplessly boring tracks into the sodden turf.



Cold winds whip the rain into a… Continue

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See What Attracted Me!

Giant bulldozers cut across contour lines;



Up and down hillsides, slicing through the forest mat;



Grinding and crushing the bones of the mountains.



“See what attracted me!”





Cutting back hillsides, leveling out home sites;



Raw red earth spilling into streams;…



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A Good Cause

A roomful of people,

All there for a good cause.



Tickets sold for a fundraising supper;

Proceeds to neuter homeless dogs and cats.



Singer-song writer crooning in a corner;

Cheery groups talking animatedly at tables.



Fraternity boys serve drinks and food;

Your choice tonight, meat or vegetarian.



Are we being smug and…

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Terrifying

Record snowfall, second of the season;



Winter world, everything white.



Lines of vehicles stalled in the drifts;



Others like me slip-sliding along.



Terrifying long, long minutes;



Unsure if I will make home safe and sound.



Staring at the blowing snow;



Thinking of…

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Heart's Desire

Heart’s Desire





You are my heart’s desire,



through you I gain my strength.



Your caring and compassion,



help me to live fully each day.





When I see your face,



hold you in…

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Wonderful Dream

Sitting in another business meeting,



Daydreaming about things I want to do with you.



Last night I couldn’t kiss you enough,



Cross-eyed crazy in your embrace.



What would it be like to be with you,



From here on out to the end of time?



To wake each morning—look into your eyes,…



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Added by Chuck Connors on February 5, 2010 at 5:10pm — No Comments

In the Fields

In the fields lives my loneliness,
Out in the fields in the middle of nowhere.
Totally naked I hide in the grass,
Shivering in the emotional cold.
Staring out to where the people are,
Not interested in what they say or do.
Since you’re gone I’m filled with loneliness,
Not caring whether I live or die.


Chuck Connors, January 19, 2010

Added by Chuck Connors on February 5, 2010 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Home Again

Picking you up from the airport;

jet airliner bringing you home once again.



Waiting for the plane in the cold wind,

while the sun brings glory to the West.



How long has it been since I’ve touched you?

Almost a million miles ago it seems.



Absence doesn’t get any easier,

when your face won’t leave my dreams.



Seeing your smile, hearing your laugh;

they fill every room that you’re in.



Eagerly searching for… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on January 18, 2010 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Halls of the Dying

Late at night, when only a few ghost-like workers are stirring

I enter the hallowed halls of the dying.

Like a crypt, everything dark, I feel my way from doorway to doorway

hearing the groans and the cries of the dying.

Ghastly sounds reverberate through these forbidden caverns;

lost souls forever grasping for salvation.

Creeping along, my senses alert for hidden dangers

I pause in front of one room and

the smell tells me where I am.

Stepping into… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on January 9, 2010 at 10:44am — No Comments

White Crosses

White crosses alongside the road

honoring the memory of the recently slain.

How did it come that these people died

here—what were they like, while they still lived?



Cars and trucks speed past obliviously,

ignoring the ghosts of the freshly passed.

Each one of us hopes that we’ll still be remembered;

long after we’re gone to the other side.



But what if no one

visited us or mourned?

Left us for dead,

our faces forever forgotten in… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on January 2, 2010 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Early Morning Departure

Driving you to the airport for an early morning departure,

Wind blowing the rain against the wipers of the truck.



Lifting your heavy bag it thumps on the pavement,

Wondering to myself just what you could have packed?



Ducking out of the storm, bursting into the check-in,

Runaway children caught in a moment of time.



Saying my farewells I look into your eyes;

Wishing you a safe journey, Godspeed to your kin.



Sharing one last long,… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on January 2, 2010 at 3:19pm — No Comments

My Daddy's Funeral

My name is Kenny Zachary LaRue. Everybody calls me K.Z. though. When I was in school a bunch of stuck-up town kids kept following me around and calling me “krazy, krazy, krazy larue.” They stopped

that pretty quick when I cut a couple of ‘em with my KA-BAR pig sticker. The

sheriff come by and took me to the county reform school for a couple of months.

I weren’t mad at ‘em. They was just stupid. I don’t mind folks calling me…

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Added by Chuck Connors on December 16, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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