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MARCUS: Yes, we should. James stops at a page in his book and places his finger at the start of a line. JAMES: “When You are Old” by William Butler Yeats. “When you are old and grey and full of sleep,/ And nodding by the fire, take down this book,/ And slowly read, and dream of the soft look/ Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep . . .” James’ movements grow as he continues to read. His hands fly with every emphasized word. Marcus stares as James reads, never blinking for a moment. He slowly raises a smile. James begins to stand as the poem drags on. JAMES: “How many loved your moments of glad grace,/ And loved your beauty with love false or true,/ But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,/ And loved the sorrows of your changing face . . .” INT. KMAN STUDIO LOBBY - DAY Sandi looks over her shoulder into the the recording studio, rolls her eyes, and sighs. INT. KMAN STUDIO - DAY James is near shouting. He is lecturing to an invisible audience, ignoring the presence of the microphone before him. JAMES: “And bending down beside the glowing bars,/ Murmur” -Ah! James quickly takes a seat. JAMES: There we are. Murmur: our word of the day. Shall we consult Mr. Webster for the definition of our word of the day? James turns to the small door beside him. He rolls his chair out of the way to open the door wide enough to see down a dark staircase. At the bottom, in a shallow basement, is an older gentleman, MR. WEBSTER, huddled over in a rocked chair with an enormous dictionary in his lap. On one arm of the chair are a pair of candles, dimly lighting his face. He is shaken awake by the noise of the door opening and he looks up slowly to see James. JAMES: Mr. Webster, we have our word of the day for you. WEBSTER: Yes, yes. What is it? JAMES: The word is murmur, Mr. Webster. M-U-R-M-U-R. WEBSTER: Murmur? Mr. Webster slowly opens the front cover of the dictionary. He turns each page individually. JAMES: Yes. Murmur. WEBSTER: With an "M?" JAMES: Quite. WEBSTER: Oh. There is a long pause.

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Vortex 39 - April Online  

The University of Central Arkansas'sVortex Magazine of Literature and Fine Art is an undergraduate run publication, publishing students from...

Vortex 39 - April Online  

The University of Central Arkansas'sVortex Magazine of Literature and Fine Art is an undergraduate run publication, publishing students from...

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