The Cell Phone Smasher 

The Cell Phone Smasher is a semi-comedic, semi-violently emotion driven human drama about a high school teacher who feels trapped in a job far from what he wants to do who therefore has little to no tolerance for his student’s difficulties following the curriculum he himself doesn’t even like. He rants constantly about the annoyances and painful nature of the internet and cell phones to the point where one day he cries out to his class, “I fuckin resign” and flings his cell phone to the back of the room at a virulently fast speed which makes it smash loudly and violently, shocking everyone but bringing the first expression of relief to his face visible the entire movie. He notices one of the braver students intent into his phone, whereupon he grabs the phone and hurls it likewise, smashing it to loud, violent bits.
                         STUDENT 
                  (startled, violently 
                   angry)
            Hey! What the fuck you
            doing!?!
                          TEACHER 
                   (relieved, angry)
             Forcing you to cold turkey
             your addiction and learn
             to communicate in real
             time. You can’t fuckin get 
             a job that pays the bills
             the bills that way.
Pause as student fidgets and disses while everyone else looks on, frightened by the sudden outburst.
                           TEACHER
                    (calmer but very firm)
              But, worst of all, it’s 
              extremely rude to check
              out of a class, which 
              happens, young man, to
              be your education, by
              burying your head in the
              internet. From now on, and
              always in this class, you
              will all always be entirely
              present from start to finish.
              Is that clear?
Several students make hip hop dance moves of sarcastic derision with their
turning, rolling heads and arms and hands.
                            TEACHER
              No absolutely not! Now,
              let me ask it again. You are
              to completely be off your
              phones from start to finish. 
              A class is the place to 
              learn about real life. Now,
              without rolling your heads…
                      (much louder)
              You got that!!?
INT – COURTROOM  DAY
Teacher is on the witness stand.
                             TEACHER
               The cell phone is only
               piece of dead machinery 
               that feels nothing and 
               can’t be injured, and whose
               life span is so short before 
               the young consumer is
               talked into trading it in for 
               a supposedly new and 
               improved model that it is
               worth as much as a kernal
               of popcorn on the floor of
               a movie theater. 
                        (very slight pause)
               But a young human life….
               That is something you 
               cannot mess with. That is
               the soul of this world which 
               you must labor with love
               to take care of even at risk
               of your freedom if the world
               is obstinate with its bullshit
               and gets in the way. And 
               with teenagers who are so
               swayable by greedy, 
               materialistic old men, and 
               don’t have a clue about the
               true value of their life – theirs 
               or anyone else’s – that love
               often must be tough love.

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POETRY: An Inconvenient Truth

If you have an extremely like me, being a man with a voracious appetite for life, to be anywhere and do anything, and life somehow not wanting to accept that and pushing back hard with the time and chains of poverty, bad luck and illness, with every minute marked out for something and always running over into time marked for something else, or more often, the vast realm of impossibility, poetry and you are simply just not cut out for each.

But, nay, there’s the rub. For the more of life you are in, the better the poetry gets, kind of like never getting the best pictures because how in heaven are you able to reach for that camera or phone when even your two hands (never enough, I think) can barely manage to hold onto the oars and the boat to make it through and you usually end up overturning into the oncoming, never stopping water anyway. 

I don’t remember much of what I read or what my teachers said in class as a young student, so naive and ignorant of the true ways of the world, but something I still believe as an immortal and unchangeable truth impressed me when a college professor compared the Roman writers, Ovid and Cicero, saying (most of you probably never heard of Ovid) that Ovid spent most if his time in the library while Cicero was put in life, among people, and of course a competitive reading of both authors is, as they say, history. I suggest you read both authors as I imaginr most of you haven’t.

Yes, poetry, thought and imagination, are always rude interruptions to the very thing which bore them, life itself. But, like our children, neither liking nor accepting the rules and schedules we arbitrarily impose on them, who either eventually subdue us and get their way and their freedom, or are borne down on so hard that we eventually break and turn into our corporate overlords at both ends of our paycheck a willing and submissive servant whose lights have been sufficiently put out to never question authority or peer pressure, poetry will either subdue us into it’s life of art or be snuffed out never to return, at least the idea it gave you. (There goes my blood sugar monitor alarming me and sniffing out this inspiration, like so many others that got lost in dark, invisible energy. Will have to leave off and return.)

I’m back. In 4 minutes, it will be time to wake up the kids and do gongyo. There goes poetry, like a mistress that comes in the night in a dream. I guess the interrupted nature of this piece will serve as an example worth 1,000 words. Besides, I’ll bet most of you are either impatient or already passed me on for someone else. At any rate, I use the time I chant to try to surrender any creative ideas while chanting daimoku (NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO) because NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO, being mystic (myo) is sublime and it makes both my chanting and my writing better so now what you’ve been seeing is my new enchantment.

Could be what appears to be the imminent presence of a new real woman in my life. I wrote the 600 pages of DNC Chairman when I was married, and my wife took care of many of my basic animal needs, so I could take care of my soul’s. I made myself write an hour a day and all day Sundays so I could get a masterpiece out before the 2008 Election. I often sat, from the scheduled, forced nature of it, in front of the computer screen, without a clue, because, as you know, if you’re still with me, poetry or art, does not like being on the clock. Nonetheless, I found with all that time which I don’t have the luxury of these days, that if you do force it, it starts to write itself. Besides, half the time or more, what I had written up to then, inspired me with so many ideas and spirit of what should come next.

At any rate, I’m 6 minutes for wake up and gongyo so