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Questions and Answers

by Anthony Edwards


A girl you have never met
ignores you at a party
do you
ignore her
seize the chef
demand more mince pie
scream

A man walks up behind you
chops off your head with an axe
do you
scream
look on the bright side
run
ignore him

The United States of America
dissolves into civil war
do you
join the Yankees
go to Philadelphia
run
ignore them

Your foot falls off
while playing football
do you
seek substitution
scream
hop
hope for the best

You leave all your worldly goods
in a guest house in a strange city
and you can’t remember where
do you wake up
seize the chef
go to Philadelphia
look on the bright side
wish you were here

You lose your memory
and can’t finish a sentence
do you
what what
who what
wha

Your mother tells you
you are a black albino
do you believe her
join the Yankees
look for a second opinion

Your pet snake is
poisoned by your pet spider
do you
bury it
wake up
be the chef
eat it

A small green angel
with rotting wings
asks you to go guarantor for a loan
do you

You die and there’s nothing after it
do you feel disappointed
look on the bright side
go to Philadelphia
believe it
scream
run on one foot
demand more mince pie
seize the chef
wish you were here


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Taken from ‘This is Where We Came In’ (1992), pages 18-19.

 


Anthony Edwards
 


The Man Who Lives in Silence