Oulipost 21 — Confabulation: Dream Meets Reality

Dream Meets Reality

“Today is where the dream and reality meet.
I came as a refugee,” he said.

She said, “We don’t want guns at story time.
Is this some secret cowboy code?”

“Today is where the dream and reality meet.
I’m going to Montana to throw the houlihan,” he said.

“I know what it means to live,” she said.

“The fiery and the snuffy are rarin’ to go.
They attacked the government,
destroyed the capital and took over the city I lived in.
They helped carry me through,
day in and day out,
we depended on one another
to keep each other alive.
I looked at them as treasures,” he said.

“I didn’t understand the little nuances that people would do.
I didn’t get the hints,” she said.

“To her, it was a game,” he said.

She said, “I wanted to challenge him, not kill him.
Today is where the dream and reality meet.”

SOURCES

Faller, Mary Beth, ‘From Kyrgyzstan to Scottsdale, Teen Bridges Culture Gap’, The Arizona Republic, 21 April 2014, Online edition <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2014/04/19/kyrgyzstan-scottsdale-teen-bridges-culture-gap/7928515/&gt; [accessed 22 April 2014]
Kelly, Erin, ‘Chandler Veteran Reunited with Army Dog’, The Arizona Republic, 21 April 2014, Online edition <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/21/chandler-veteran-reunited-army-dog/7953197/&gt; [accessed 21 April 2014]
Sanchez, Yvonne Wingett, ‘Anti-Gun Advocates to Brewer: Veto Gun Bills’, The Arizona Republic, 21 April 2014, Online edition <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2014/04/21/anti-gun-advocates-veto-gun-bills/7978457/&gt; [accessed 22 April 2014]
Thompson, Clay, ‘Arizona 101: What Are the Fiery and the Snuffy?’, The Arizona Republic, 21 April 2014, Online edition <http://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/local/history/2014/04/21/arizona-fiery-snuffy-cowboy-lingo/7866873/&gt; [accessed 22 April 2014]
Whiteside, Kelley, ‘Meb Keflezighi Carries Victims in His Heart during Boston Marathon Win’, The Arizona Republic, 21 April 2014, Online edition <http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/olympics/2014/04/21/meb-keflezighi-boston-marathon-shalane-flanagan/7962779/&gt; [accessed 22 April 2014]

PROMPT

Craft a conversation poem using “he said/she said” quotes that you find in newspaper articles.

NOTES

I’ll tell you what I looked for, in hunting through articles online today.  I was looking for stories that had emotional intensity, and, of course, that had quotations. And that didn’t deal with immediate, local, personal tragedies, like the kids in the area who have drowned or been killed; using something like that as a source just feels icky.  So I had the success stories of two refugees, one winning the Boston Marathon and one about to graduate from high school.  A vet reunited with his bomb-sniffing dog.  A story on a gun bill.  And — just because I loved the language and to add a touch of the bizarre, a reader question on the origins of a cowboy song.  Stir, mix, percolate.  As conversations go, it is a bit obscure — I doubt these two understand each other well.  But perhaps we are just missing their context?

I mixed up quotations freely and attributed them to either “he” or “she” in the way that seemed to work best to create a conversation.

#Oulipost #NaPoWriMo2014 #azcentral

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2 thoughts on “Oulipost 21 — Confabulation: Dream Meets Reality

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