The Dark Alley

A HyperPoem



STOP RIGHT THERE YOU . . . . ONE MOVE AND I'LL BLOW YOUR HEAD OFF, BELIEVE ME I MEAN BUSINESS

THROW YOUR WALLET DOWN HERE AND DON'T MAKE A SOUND. KICK IT OVER TO ME.

Henry do what the man says, hurry up get the wallet out, you want to get us both killed?

Wallet's stuck in my pants pocket, Marge. . . . . .Get it out Henry, you fool. CMON FELLER, WHAT YOU FOOLING AROUND?

KICK IT OVER HERE . . . . . Henry, look down the alley, two police officers walking they're coming over here.

That bad man is gone, dear, you can pick up your wallet now. . . We're so glad to see you . . . Officers.

OK you two, but what are you doing in this alley, not a good place to take a walk in the dark .

What's that in your hand, Sir? Your wallet? Hand it over here, let me take a look.

Three hundred bucks, that's a lot to be carrying around this druggy sort of place. You buying something here?

We didn't know it was so dark, you see, officer, Henry said this was a shortcut to get to the opera

We were late and we didn't want to miss the season premiere of . . . . what was it, dear?. . . . .La Boheme. . . .



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I have tried to outline a shred of a story-line in these few line, a difficult operation; but since this may not surface in ten moving lines, here is the text. The text was not written first and computerizedized, it was constructed line by line with sounds and motion in mind:

STOP RIGHT THERE YOU . . . . ONE MOVE AND I'LL BLOW YOUR HEAD OFF, BELIEVE ME I MEAN BUSINESS

THROW YOUR WALLET DOWN HERE AND DON'T MAKE A SOUND. KICK IT OVER TO ME.

Henry do what the man says, hurry up get the wallet out, you want to get us both killed?

Wallet's stuck in my pants pocket, Marge. . . . . .Get it out Henry, you fool. CMON FELLER, WHAT YOU FOOLING AROUND?

KICK IT OVER HERE . . . . . Henry, look down the alley, two police officers walking they're coming over here.

That bad man is gone, dear, you can pick up your wallet now. . . We're so glad to see you . . . Officers.

OK you two, but what are you doing in this alley, not a good place to take a walk in the dark .

What's that in your hand, Sir? Your wallet? Hand it over here, let me take a look.

Three hundred bucks, that's a lot to be carrying around this druggy sort of place. You buying something
here?
We didn't know it was so dark, you see, officer, Henry said this was a shortcut to get to the opera

We were late and we didn't want to miss the season premiere of . . . . what was it, dear?. . . . .La Boheme. . . .



William Harris
Middlebury College
www.middlebury.edu/~harris