Sunday, January 24, 2010

Poem of the Day: "Afraid So"

What a marvelously economical poem this is. With only a theme, 33 lines, and a series of brief -- disconnected? -- questions, it invites the imagination of scenarios, situations, stories, even whole lives.

Jeanne Marie Beaumont, "Afraid So"

Is it starting to rain?
Did the check bounce?
Are we out of coffee?
Is this going to hurt?
Could you lose your job?
Did the glass break?
Was the baggage misrouted?
Will this go on my record?
Are you missing much money?
Was anyone injured?
Is the traffic heavy?
Do I have to remove my clothes?
Will it leave a scar?
Must you go?
Will this be in the papers?
Is my time up already?
Are we seeing the understudy?
Will it affect my eyesight?
Did all the books burn?
Are you still smoking?
Is the bone broken?
Will I have to put him to sleep?
Was the car totaled?
Am I responsible for these charges?
Are you contagious?
Will we have to wait long?
Is the runway icy?
Was the gun loaded?
Could this cause side effects?
Do you know who betrayed you?
Is the wound infected?
Are we lost?
Can it get any worse?

This poem has been adapted into a brief film that joins the lines to nicely-chosen visual vignettes.

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