My Life as a Samurai Movie
Ext. Deserted Village – Night
The townspeople hide behind broken predictions.
No one sees me as I approach the village
SFX: Lone cricket sings like a shamisen.
[Notes from Location Manager]
Of course the road is muddy. Or, if you prefer, dusty.
So there you have it: the night, the moon, the cricket,
Cue the dog in the distance (howling).
Wind blows through a primeval text, scattering letters
Int. Mud & Bamboo Shack – Midnight
A family stares from its hut, wondering, has it happened?
This is the middle. There will be swordplay.
Close–up: A ghostly figure emerges.
Cut to: The first ending.
The samurai skirts the village edge and vanishes.
Candace Pearson won the 2010 Liam Rector First Book Prize from Briery Creek Press, Longwood University, Virginia, for Hour of Unfolding. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poems have appeared in leading journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, RUNES, Comstock Review, 5 AM, PoemMemoirStory, MARGIE, and Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease.
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