Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Stone Soup Croutons, 6-5-17, Untrue Tidbits and False Facts, Part Two

Stone Soup Croutons is a weekly poem I write using lines and impressions butchered picked up from poems overheard from Stone Soup's open mic readers and features. I figure out a title (and sometimes the rest of the poem) later. You can read the other ones I've done since 2015 here. My two year anniversary draws near!

Last night we had another open mic. Maybe it was Chris Fitzgerald's pre-show story of being on "The Bozo Show" as a child, but I decided to make a lot of stuff up. Turned into a sequel of sorts. Nice surprise. Credit should also go to this informative video essay by Lindsay Ellis. Give her credit but none of the blame. So here goes..

Untrue Tidbits and False Facts, Part Two

The last recorded feel-good
World World II movie with mirth,
kicks to Nazi pants all around
depicted prison camps
no one yet lived through.

In one scene, the guards
and the prisoners play stick ball.
One member of each team
falling in hot love
like Henry and June.

An escape the room montage
Come in the third act,
animated hi jinks galore,
elevator music as literal Nazi pigs
sleep at their posts.

Poor anthropomorphic choices
linger decades later
like a bad work smell.
Of course Americans are dogs.
they get that right at least.

Trivia later shows the camp
was filmed on the dead side
of a Cape Cod beach in winter.
A Nantucket basket was burnt
to punish an extra for their lateness.

Fate chooses its martyrs
before we know who dies.
The actors exercise silence
for so long, the people
they portrayed are grateful ghosts

Wouldn't it be great, they wonder
to comically slip by their captors
on the train that brought them,
yelling So Long Screwy!
See ya in St. Louie!

A final wave to the audience,
dodging the end credits
before setting off on a boat
filmed on the Charles River
to save money.

Special thanks to Bill, Chris Fitzgerald, Erik Nelson, Martha Boss, Deb Priestly, Julia Carlson, Rachael Ieszenberg, Reece Cotton, James Van Looy and Yvonne. 

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