Saturday, October 21, 2017

Santosh Bakaya writes


Section 7

Sporting a terrific hairstyle, on a branch sat a bobolink.
It looked tired and thirsty and not an eye did blink.
"What ails thee, birdie dear, why do you look so sad?"
At my question it looked at me as if I were mad.

Suddenly, it craned its neck, as it heard a moan.
Was it a dog whimpering and hunting for a bone?
“First you destroy us and then you kill your own.”
Indignant was the tenor and admonishing the tone.

I started running as though I were Forrest Gump.
Then, utterly exhausted, hunkered down on a stump.
“These voices are voices of people dead and gone.
Sometimes you can hear them from night to dawn,”

Said the colourful bobolink with utter sadness filled. 
“In the jungle we still see glimpses of the couple killed. 
They were so much in love but you throttled their love.
Pray, tell me, what more devious plans have you now?” 

What evil looks I had from the trees old and young.
The jungle vibrated with cries of cicadas high strung. 
A frightened hare scurried forth from the thicket,
Lustily chirped and cheered on by a robust cricket.

Slipping and tripping, I ran from the jungle, face askew.
Quaking at the thought of more dangers chasing me anew. 
In my tracks I stopped dead, seeing a wicked scene, 
Some scruffy cats cruelly pestered by a dog mean.

The blue eyed girl was being dragged by two men brawny.
Aghast stood a bonny hare and a couple of hens scrawny.  
“Can no one help me?” the blue eyed beauty cried in vain.
“You will have to pay for your sin,” was their refrain.

They dragged the crying girl into the thick shrubbery.
Next to a bush of mulberry was a man with lips rubbery. 
A cat suddenly jumped on my shoulder. I was petrified. 
I tried to shake it off, but it was bent on a nocturnal ride.

“Help, help,” the blue eyed beauty screamed again.
Hearing the screams, the cat jumped down in pain.
It was silhouetted in the lunar light for a long time,
Then scampered off, mewing away the sorry clime.

With mournful looks my way, something it tried to say. 
I could simply not understand what it tried to convey.
I stared on and on, till her tail became just a speck,
Screaming loudly when a mosquito bit me on the neck.

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 Fog and Sunrise -- Roos Schuring

1 comment:

  1. Forrest Gump was named after his ancestor Nathan Bedford Forrest, who had been a successful slave trader before the Civil War, rose from private to Confederate lieutenant general without any prior military experience, and allegedly became the 2nd grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan after the war ended. Gump’s mother claimed she intended his name to be a reminder that "sometimes we all do things that, well, just don't make no sense". In addition to having a low IQ (though in the novel he was portrayed as an idiot savant) he was born with a crooked spine and forced to wear braces. One day a group of bullies was throwing rocks at him and he ran away; as he struggled to run, his leg braces broke apart, and he discovered he could run incredibly fast, leading to a football scholarship. From that point, throughout his life he participated in many of the significant events of the 1960s and 1970s and in the process become rich. In 1966 Winston Groom, whose “Conversations with the Enemy” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1984, published “Forrest Gump” in 1986. The novel sold some 30,000 copies, but the novel received little attention until Robert Zemeckis adapted the book’s first 11 chapters and ending as a movie in 1994. It was the top-grossing film in North America that year, earning over $677 million worldwide, making it the 4th-highest grossing film to that date. It won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing. It was also nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards, winning three of them (Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, Best Director – Motion Picture, and Best Motion Picture – Drama). Screenwriter Eric Roth changed Gump’s character considerably, making him warmer and less cynical; Groom admitted that Roth took off his “rough edges.” Film critic Roger Ebert wrote, "I've never met anyone like Forrest Gump in a movie before, and for that matter I've never seen a movie quite like 'Forrest Gump.' Any attempt to describe him will risk making the movie seem more conventional than it is, but let me try. It's a comedy, I guess. Or maybe a drama. Or a dream. The screenplay by Eric Roth has the complexity of modern fiction...The performance is a breathtaking balancing act between comedy and sadness, in a story rich in big laughs and quiet truths...What a magical movie.” The film’s success also revived the novel’s fortunes, leading to 1.7 million copies being sold worldwide. Groom was paid $350,000 for the screenplay rights and was contracted for a 3% share of the film's net profits. But, although the movie only cost $55 million to make, the high fees charged by distributors and exhibitors led to accounting losses of $62 million, so Groom was never paid. By contrast, the movie’s star Tom Hanks contracted for a percentage of the film's gross receipts instead of a salary, and he and Zemeckis each received $40 million for their work. However, Groom was compensated with a seven-figure contract with Paramount for film rights to the novels’ sequel, “Gump & Co,” which he published in 1996 to capitalize on the movie’s success. On the first page of the sequel Gump tells readers "Don't never let nobody make a movie of your life's story," though "whether they get it right or wrong, it doesn't matter.” Roth again wrote the screenplay in 2001, but the movie was never made.


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