1990 at Writers and Books–Only 13: Holocaust Poem by Flying Words and Quebec Theatre of the Deaf


MAN: THE SHOW TITLE
IS [INDISTINCT]. A MOUNTAINSIDE… AND THE ROLLING MIST. DEW DROPS. STREAM, ACROSS PEBBLES,
ROCKS, BOULDERS. RIVERSIDE TREES SWIRLING. WIND BLOWN. FALCON. THROUGH TREES, UNDER CLOUDS. [MAN 2 BLOWING] MAN 1: TOWARDS A HOUSE.
WINDOW. CLOSED. THE FARMER, SON. DAUGHTER… AND WIFE. WINDOW. BLOWN OPEN BY THE WIND. THEN SHUT. BIGGER STREAM. UNDER THE RIDGE. A PEBBLE. RIPPLES. AND THE TRAINS. THROUGH A SLAT, A LONE EYE. REMEMBERING. LONG AGO. DOWN THE STEPS… AND OUT THE DOOR… TO THE FIRE. [INDISTINCT] HA! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! GOTTA GO. OH, SORRY…GOTTA GO. GO. A BARBED WIRE FENCE
SURROUNDS THEM. BEYOND, PEOPLE, HOUSES…HOME. NO MORE HOME. COME ON.
LET’S GO IN THE TEMPLE. THE CARVED DOORWAY.
LARGE, THICK, WOOD DOORS. ELIE WALKS THROUGH THE SWANS RESIDING IN THE TEMPLE. [MAN 2 WHISPERS INDISTINCTLY] MAN 1: SHE POURS
A BOWL OF SOUP FROM HIS BOWL. MY BABY LOVES HIS SOUP.
HE JUST LOVES HIS SOUP. LETS IT FALL,
STRUCK BY A MEMORY OF A BABY BOY… HER DAUGHTER…AND HUSBAND. [BANGING] AND OPENS THE DOOR
FOR A BLACK-SHIRTED SS. HE HANDS HER HIS REVOLVER. KILL THEM! OPENS THE LOCKET
ON HER CHEST… AND CALLS FOR TWO SOLDIERS… WHO REACH OUT,
GRAB HER BABY BOY, TURNING HIM UPSIDE DOWN,
GRABBING EACH LEG LIKE A– MAN 2: [INDISTINCT] MAN 1: KILL THEM! MEMORY…FROM A TRAIN. PEEK OUT THE CRACK AT THE RIVER BELOW. [MAN 2 WHOOSHING] MAN 1: UNDER WATER. CRAYFISH. FARMER PULLS OUT A BUCKET
OF WATER OUT OF THE RIVER… AND POURS IT INTO THE TROUGH… AND GAZES DOWN AT THE TRAIN. [INDISTINCT] THE LOCKET. GO! GO! GO!
GET IN THE TRAIN. [STOMP] [STOMPING] MY BABY.
HE LOVES SOUP. I’M GONNA TEACH YOU HOW TO– HOW TO COOK FOR HIM NOW, OK? JUST PRETEND.
COME ON. HERE. HERE. THERE’S A POTATO.
CHOP IT UP. DO YOU LIKE CORN? MY BABY LOVES CORN. ONIONS. SALT. FLYING PAST THE TREES
OUTSIDE THE TRACKS. THE BRUSH SMOKE SWIRLING UP. TIES. THE MORNING…STARS. THE RISING SUN. A RISING SUN. SETTING SUN. DARK CLOUDS FORM. ANYONE NEED TO USE THE CAN? AND IT’S DUMPED THROUGH A CRACK ON THE SIDE OF THE CATTLE CAR. MY BABY… IS YOURS. IS YOURS. [BANG] RUN! RUN! RUN!
OUT, OUT, OUT, OUT! HOW OLD ARE YOU? 13? YOU’RE 16.
GOT IT? 16. [MAN 2 GROANING] TAKE CARE OF MY BABY! [BANGING]
MAN: AAH! GO! [MAN IMITATES BANG] [MAN HISSING] MAN: IN 5. CLOUDS AND A BIRD AND A FARMER. AS TRAINS PULL UP AND RELEASE THEIR CARGO. STEPHEN. COME. LUNCH. WHERE’S GUY? GUY. GUY. WHERE? AND HE SMELLS PERFUMES. THE SMOKE. THAT. THAT’S GUY. GUY. 5s! THE FUCKING JEW STOLE SOME BREAD! EVERYONE, TAKE A LOOK IN TURN. YOU KNOW THE DEAF MAN IN CAMP. PLEASE GIVE THIS
TO HIM, TO HIM, TO HIM. I’M ALIVE.
I’M ALIVE. BARBED WIRE FENCE
SURROUNDS ONE COMPOUND… AND SURROUNDS ANOTHER COMPOUND. OVER THE FENCE. HE WATCHES A PAIR OF BIRDS. MAN 2: LET’S GO!
LET’S GO! [SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY] [NO AUDIO] [IMITATES EXPLOSION] MAN 1: EXPLOSIONS.
PLANES FLYING OVERHEAD. [MAN 2 IMITATING AN ENGINE]
MAN 1: MOTORCYCLES. OFF IN THE DISTANCE,
PARATROOPERS LANDING. RUSSIAN PARATROOPERS LANDING. RUSSIAN. RUSSIAN. WE’RE SAFE?
WE’RE SAFE? MAN 2: THEN, OUT, OUT. MAN 1: OUT! OUT OF THE TRAIN! OUT! OUT! OUT! MAN 2: GO…[INDISTINCT] MAN 1: RAUS!
OUT OF THE TRAIN! BUT THEN…A MAN PRAYS. THERE’S A PLANE.
HIS PRAYER… FOR DELIVERANCE. [IMITATING AN AIRPLANE] [WOMAN IMITATING DRUMS] MAN: A LONE EYE OBSERVES
A FLEEING BIRD. THE WATERFALL. [PEOPLE WHOOSHING] MAN: AND THE FARMER
GATHERS WATER. SEES IMAGES IN THE WATER,
IN THE COWS… AND IN THE SWAYING TREES. [INDISTINCT] THEY CAME FOR MY SON. AND THE SON,
HE TIGHTENS THE KNOT. HIS DAUGHTER AND HIS WIFE. AND THEN…HE JUMPS. OUTSIDE THE WINDOW, THE TRAIN. ELIE SEES A RED FLAG WITH A GOLD SICKLE. SHE STUFFS THE PRISON GARMENT THROUGH THE CRACKS
IN THE CATTLE CAR. GAUNT, SKELETAL REMAINS…
OF ELIE.

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