-a poem in one act-
Character list: MADMAN, a madman
DEMON, a soulstealer from the underworld
BEAUTY, the incarnation of beauty itself
DEATH, the fourth horseman
PASSERBY, a man on the street
A scenic overlook at dusk. A tempestuous noise of thunder and lighting is heard. Enter MADMAN
Oh sun, though you do leave me now, you mark
this day with a red sky, like so many
sweet lips, and flames, and wine, which have
already passed, beyond the horizon of this,
our final kiss.
a bird flies aloft a gust of cold wind and the dusk fades to black
A fine candlelit restaurant. DEMON and BEAUTY are seated at a table for two as waiters and busboys bustle behind them
Like, I’m telling you, she was totally, like, jealous.
Probably because I’m the incarnation of beauty itself,
and she’s just like, ‘some bitch’.
That is all well and good, but may we return the conversation at hand?
You wish to trade to me your soul so that you will become yet more beautiful?
An interesting arrangement indeed.
Oh, I don’t want to think about that now. Can’t we just have dessert?
And maybe take a walk?
a glass of wine is spilled on BEAUTY’s lovely white dress, and it falls, broken, to the ground
A scenic overlook at midnight. The moon has reached its apex
Oh moon, you laugh at me! How can this be fair?
You are so full and bright and here I stand, waning for years.
When they call me insane they must at least say I am a lunatic,
for ‘twas you that drove me mad and ‘tis only you I am howling at.
Enter: BEAUTY and DEMON who walk by and pay him no mind
For the love of Lucifer may we please discus our arrangement?!
But wait, I didn’t even, like, tell you the best part. So Jessica ordered a grande half-café dirty caramel chai, and I was like ‘what the eff!? That’s my favorite drink!’ and then she was like, 'oh my god whatever!’ and…
(interrupting) DEMON yells in monstrous agony and massive bat wings rip through the back of his fine Alexander-Amosu-Vanquish-II tuxedo
I cannot suffer another moment, the burning lake is like a beach in Hawaii compared to this! Finalize our deal and take here my hand. You shall give me
your soul and live your life truly beautiful hereafter!
Ok I’m sorry… We can do it now…
Her tears fall onto her stained white dress and turn into intricate blue snowflakes
My darling, don’t you know the most perfect beauty is nothing more than wind blowing through the trees and warm rain drops on ripe cherries?
It is the fire in your eyes and the pumping of red paint in your heart.
I like cherries.
Enough, the deal is struck!
DEMON grabs BEAUTY’s hand and wraps her in his wings and they are soon engulfed in a swarm of black winged beasts
In a few moments the swarm clears. DEMON no longer resembles anything like a human. He is covered in black horns and eerie red smoke. BEAUTY has been transformed into a large and breathtaking bonsai tree
Here I’ve been, trembling like a leaf fearful of the autumn winds.
I screamed at the night, the endless shadows to no avail.
But come forth specter, I fear you no longer!
Hey guys what’s up?
DEATH places his hand on PASSERBY’s shoulder who then immediately collapses to the ground.
Whoops my bad, sorry man... Oh shit dude is that a bonsai tree?! I’m allergic!!
DEATH sneezes massively and the sounds of all the damned in hell cried out with it. MADMAN falls to the ground. BEAUTY (now a bonsai tree) withers to dust. DEMON dissolves into a swarm of black spiders
Gosh darnit I did it again.
Death vanishes and the moon continues to shine. Somewhere far away the snow falls on a nightingale’s cold wings. And yet he still sings