Straight from the lab, though it did escape. I like this version a lot, even though the real version is totally "better," whatever. Welcome to Facebook, Mike Fadem.
Also, a note: that "z" in the title? I went back and forth then, and I went back and forth again now, but it just has to stay.
Don't make a big production
Out of this character-driven play
And we can skip the introductions--
Let's start in medias res
--So it's not for nothing
I've gathered you all here today
To bear the arms I'm up in
And get all up in my face
I'm no glutton for punishment
I just take the ball and run with it, I guess
It seemed like a good idea at the time
Not what I had in mind, but yet still
Alright, it's fine, just fine, yes, yes
Forgive the interruption--
Now what were you struggling to say?
That your form informs your function
In a most dysfunctional way?
Or was it something else?
And does it bear repeating?
Say what you will but I know
You're probably still leaving out
The part I care about the most
Wherein you look at me like you've seen a ghost
And I reluctantly admit that
Yes, you have, and now we must get
Out of here
I see the sorrow forming in your eyes
But it's too late
So if you'd like to see tomorrow morning
I suggest you stay awake
At least as long as I do
And I know you can feel it inside you
The setup is:
This is a stick-up, kid
The tires on the pickup skid
The FM radio hiccuping staccato
Stochastic static splits the songs
Into fractured patternless tesserae
And fractals, randomness the only constant
That is, if you don't count anguish
Now there's no need for that language
When there's a time and place
For being frank and candid
I'll be first out of the gate
Give me cathedral ceilings
And I can take or leave six feet of space
So tell me are these evil feelings
Or simply honest mistakes?
And that is pencils down
It gets more suspenseful now, I know
The theater empties out
Till it's only the seven of us left in the crowd
And so I end the story right,
from Yes Boss,
released June 9, 2008
(c) Graham Smith