doug bentley


GO: BLIND Vision


i heard drumming, deep as a thousand thunders.
i looked up. the moon started to spin.
it spun so swiftly it threw out sparks.
they spread over the sky. some fell here.
the trees began to burn. they became fire
bushes. the flames leaped along the rope.

i rushed to pull LUMEN free from the inferno.
before i could reach him the moon shot out
of its socket. a million fireballs exploded.
the shocks shook the ground. it opened
beneath my feet. i fell through a tunnel.
how long how far i fell i do not know.

time and space had no meaning. after that
eternity the tunnel ended. i landed like
a leaf tossed by the wind. or maybe i was
wind. i tumbled, over and over. i rolled
through great evergreen forests. i flew
over calm clear lakes; up a cascading stream

that had its mouth in icy mountains. i passed
over all these things. i came to a city.
a vast crowd was marching as one, as if
to some solemn purpose. i don't know what
it was. i could not understand their speech.
then thunders rattled the city. i was pulled

into another tunnel. this time i seemed to fall
upward. i could not breathe. i called for help.
through the thunders a voice whispered to me
'open your eyes.' i did. i found myself here.
but here is changed. the brightness is too great.
i'm blinded by it. what happened to you?


This is a soliloquy from my theater script 'GO', a full-length absurdist play, modified for this format. The character's name is 'BLIND.'

GO [ISBN: 978-1484880494] is available in paperback at Amazon websites worldwide, major online retailers and bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Bowker Books and Indie Bound, libraries and academic institutions worldwide through the Ingram Content Group and Baker & Taylor, as well as NACSCORP in the USA.

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Submitted: Monday, May 12, 2014
Edited: Monday, June 09, 2014

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  • Ed Nigma (7/18/2014 10:41:00 PM)

    I love the picture you have painted here with your words. You have sculpted something magnificent in this. All of the imagery and the way it flows is very easy and enjoyable to follow. It is quite an adventure. I also love how you take on the shape of all the elements on your journey. Great piece! !

    Allan Gerard~ (Report) Reply

  • Leah Ayliffe (7/2/2014 9:59:00 AM)

    This is wonderful! I am very intrigued by your work. Thank you for your comment on my poem. (Report) Reply

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