Unedited For Maximum Affect

'AND...ACTION! '

Sticking to repeated hopes?
To bring a diminishing gloss,
Back to sparkle a reflection...
Of a quality of life lost in retrospection?
An accepting of the dullness has been rejected?
That is expected!

'FOUND SLICED FROM PREVIOUS TAPINGS,
BUT APPROPRIATE FOR THIS SCENE':

A loaf of bread is now more than a dollar.
Price for utilities make folks holler.
Where are those savings for retirement?
'Is that a hand slipping into the piggybank?
Sneaking pennies to help pay rent? '

'CUT...STOP ACTION! '

Please folks calm down.
We know you are frustrated.
But the makeup runs,
With your heated arguments!

'AND...ROLL FILM! '

Do you treat yourself with sweets?
Or are you seeking change,
To buy a couple of aspirin...
For a headache that keeps beating,
Beating.
Beating.
Constantly without end?

Are you finding yourself the next to receive,
A warm smile with a pink slip?
Get over it!
Even someone has to clean the toilets,
At every Disneyland.

And your fantasies and delusions,
Have a flipside you may not like.
You may wish this out of your sight!
Finding that side the one you can not stand!
But...

'AND...CUT! THAT'S a WRAP! '

This is your life!
A view you can trust is without rumor.
Complete with raw footage.
Unedited for maximun affect!
And without instrumentation.
If you wish to have orchestration...
That will be an additional fee!
I also compose!

I'd say this project should be finished in a few years.
We'll let you know.
You folks have been great!
It's okay.
We're done.
You can return back to your pretensions!

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Comments (1)

Wow, original and effective, life as a movie, I'm probably missing deeper aspects of this poem, those will come with time and further readings, but it also seems so apropos to the way politicians treat our lives right now on the campaign trail as they pull in some poor sap for a snapshot photo op. Thanks for the read.