The movie director yells cut. “Cut!” the movie director yells.
“Popeye” is supposed to be dead in this scene,” the director screams.
“But Popeye can’t die,” Popeye replies. The director shoots him dead.
Pink Panther steps away for a cigarette break and says nothing.
Val Kilmer asks for his stunt double, asks for another sandwich.
“Did you manage to eat all of the salt?” asks Leonora Carrington.
She’s staring at the glass window as if the window might talk.
Not long after, Samurai Jack arrives and tries on a new hat.
A flat top hat, one he knows will not be cut with a blade.
Scooby Doo’s crew arrives too late to solve the mystery.
They remove mask after mask, burlap sack after burlap sack,
and find nothing more than tree stumps and warm dogs.
“Let’s be gone,” says the Mystery Machine, before being
stripped of its parts so Michel Lotito can have dinner on camera.
“I’ll be famous,” Lotito says, stripping the paint off the van’s siding,
finding a bag of mushrooms in the trunk. He bites them and chews them
and says they’re still fresh, a chunk of metal resting in his limpid fist.

6 Comments

  1. Koss Just Koss

    Love this and the unexpected visitations by people like Leonora, which adds some visual possibility. Might the mushrooms induce a trip? Fun piece.

  2. Robert Vaughan

    Hi Ben, love that we have a Superhero fest scene here- and it’s brilliant! The characters are all actualized, the violence toward the beginning, and the acid-like appearances of some faves from the 80s/ and beyond. Minute details that set the “movie vignette.”

    I also assumed it might be ‘magic mushrooms,’ but I like that the reader gets to choose. I think your piece is also a perfect length! This one might be fun to send to Fairy Tale Review- not sure if they do a Superhero theme (I think Wendy Oleson was the EIC, and perhaps still is?)

  3. Meg Tuite

    Benjamin!
    Every line is spectacular, hilarious, and I love how that mix among themselves like a party on acid!
    ““But Popeye can’t die,” Popeye replies. The director shoots him dead.”
    ““Did you manage to eat all of the salt?” asks Leonora Carrington.”
    “She’s staring at the glass window as if the window might talk.”
    ““I’ll be famous,” Lotito says, stripping the paint off the van’s siding,
    finding a bag of mushrooms in the trunk. He bites them and chews them
    and says they’re still fresh, a chunk of metal resting in his limpid fist.”
    It’s so damn great! Send this beauty out! LOVE LOVE!

  4. Ryan Griffith

    Hi Benjamin! I love the whimsy and surprise of this piece. It was such a fun ride from start to finish. Awesome!

  5. Len Kuntz

    Hi Benjamin.

    I love the immediacy of this, how you plunge right in. The quirk (the director shooting Popeye, etc) really makes the piece move and zigzag in unexpected ways. I also thought the way you dropped us into a more macro glimpse in the last line worked wonderfully. It was a great anchor for all that came before it. Great job.

  6. Roberta Beary

    Wow, what a read, Benjamin! The director starts off and Michel Lotito ends. But what is it were the other way around?

    There’s a lot to play around with here. I tried shuffling backwards.

    And think it kinda works. But t you can make many different versions out of these gut-puncher lines!

    Superhero Dialogue

    “I’ll be famous,” Lotito says, stripping the paint off the van’s siding,
    finding a bag of mushrooms in the trunk. He bites them and chews them
    and says they’re still fresh, a chunk of metal resting in his limpid fist.
    “Let’s be gone,” says the Mystery Machine, before being
    stripped of its parts so Michel Lotito can have dinner on camera.
    Scooby Doo’s crew arrives too late to solve the mystery.
    They remove mask after mask, burlap sack after burlap sack,
    and find nothing more than tree stumps and warm dogs.
    Not long after, Samurai Jack arrives and tries on a new hat.
    A flat top hat, one he knows will not be cut with a blade.
    “Did you manage to eat all of the salt?” asks Leonora Carrington.
    She’s staring at the glass window as if the window might talk.
    Val Kilmer asks for his stunt double, asks for another sandwich.
    Pink Panther steps away for a cigarette break and says nothing.
    “But Popeye can’t die,” Popeye replies. The director shoots him dead.
    “Popeye” is supposed to be dead in this scene,” the director screams.
    The movie director yells cut. “Cut!” the movie director yells.

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