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 Magnus Pallson, "Eye Talk" (shots from film)
production, camera & sound
Tim Olden
Honk Kong Press 1990


 

 

FOR FIVE MINUTES I SAT
IN THE CAR
WITH A BUTT HANGING
BETWEEN MY LIPS
THREE CIGARETTES GONE NOW
IN THOUGHT
AND STILL I WAITED
I PUT THE BUTT OUT
I LIT A CIGARETTE SLOWLY
THEN BLEW THE SMOKE
THROUGH MY NOSTRILS
PRICE LOOKED AT THE BODY AGAIN
THEN OFFERED ME
A CIGARETTE
I'LL BE A SO AND
SO I SQUASHED THE BUTT
INTO THE ASHTRAY
NUTS
IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKELY
THAT A GENIUS CAN BE BORNE
I THREW MY BUTT
IN THE FIREPLACE
AND PARKED IN THE CHAIR
OPPOSITE

 

 

SURE IT COULD
EXCEPT THAT IT WASN'T
I POKED A BUTT IN MY MOUTH
AND HELD A MATCH TO IT
PRICE SHOOK OUT A CIG
FROM HIS PACK
MONEY WASN'T THE PRIMARY MOTIVE
I LIT UP
AND BLEW A CLOUD OF SMOKE
AT THE CEILING
I PICKED ANOTHER CIGARETTE
OUT OF THE BOX
AND FLICKED A MATCH
WITH MY THUMBNAIL
THAT ABOUT COVERS IT
I TOOK A CIGARETTE
FROM MY POCKET
AND STUFFED IT BETWEEN MY LIPS
I DRAGGED THE SMOKE IN DEEPLY
ROXY WAS BEGINNING
TO GO WHITE
BITING ON HER LIP
BILLY FUMBLED FOR HIS BUTT
ON THE FLOOR
AND HELD THE LIT TIP TO MINE

 

 

I LIT UP A CIGARETTE
AND BLEW A CLOUD OF SMOKE
AT THE CEILING
DID YOU KNOW
THAT YORK DIDN'T HAVE
LONG TO LIVE
ANYWAY?
BILLY CRUSHED HIS FAG
IN AN ASHTRAY
I'M GOING TO BED
THIS DAY HAS BEEN TOUGH ENOUGH
I LIT THE CIGARETTE SLOWLY
THEN BLEW THE SMOKE
THROUGH MY NOSTRILS
GRANGE DIDN'T BUMP ANYBODY
I THREW MY CIGARETTE
IN THE FIREPLACE
THEN PARKED IN THE CHAIR
OPPOSITE
PRICE LOOKED AT THE BODY AGAIN
THEN OFFERED ME A CIGARETTE
SO GRANGE REALLY DID BUMP HER BOSS
I'LL BE A SO AND SO

 

 

THREE CIGARETTES GONE
IN THOUGHT
AND I STILL WAITED
THE MUSIC HAD CHANGED NOW
I PUT THE CIGARETTE OUT
WHILE I PICKED
A COMFORTABLE CHAIR
SHE OFFERED ME A SMOKE
FROM A GOLD BOX
I TOOK ONE AND LIT IT
NICE PLACE YOU GOT HERE
THIS GUY WAS EASY
THE MATCH LIT HIS FACE
BRIEFLY
THEN SUBSIDED INTO THE GLOW
OF A CIGARETTE TIP
WHEN I POCKETED THE SNAP
I LIT ANOTHER CIGARETTE
WHO ELESE IS IN THE HOUSE?
ALICE SMILED
THROUGH A CLOUD OF SMOKE
YOU WERE BETTER L
OOKING
THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU

 

 

WHEN I HUNG UP
I PICKED UP ANOTHER PACK OF BUTTS
A CLEAN SET OF UNDERWEAR
SHIRT AND SOCKS
IN A DRY GOODS STORE
ON TOP OF THE DASH
I LAID OUT MY CIGS
AND A PACK 0F MATCHES
THEN WORKED THE SEAT AROUND
UNTIL I WAS COMFORTABLE
TWENTY CIGARETTES LATER
THEY WERE STILL OUT
I CURLED UP ON THE SEAT
AND CONKED OFF
UH HU
NOT YET
HER EYES FOLLOWED MINE
TO THE ASHTRAY
THERE WERE FOUR BUTTS
TWO OF THEM HAD LIPSTICK ON
THE OTHER TWO WEREN'NT MY BRAND
I SNUBBED MY BUTT
UH HUH DID HE TURN TO SOMEONE ELSE?
I THREW MY HAT ON THE DESK
AND PUSHED A BUTT BETWEEN MY LIPS
PRICE WAITED UNTIL I LIT IT

 

 

I DRAGGED HEAVILY ON THE CIGARETTE
AND RAN OVER IT AGAIN
CHECKING EVERY DETAIL
I FIRED UP A BUTT
AND SHOVED THE PICS
BACK IN MY POCKET
WHILE I PICKED OUT
A COMFORTABLE CHAIR
SHE TURNED ON
A T ABLE LAMP
THEN OFFERED ME A SMOKE
I TOOK ONE AND LIT IT
I DIDN'T LIKE THIS GUY
BLEW A CLOUD OF SMOKE IN HIS FACE
NOT HARD
NOT HARD AT ALL
THERE ARE TIMES
WHEN A GUY WANTS A CIGARETTE
IN THE WORST WAY
THIS WAS ONE OF THEM
I FINISHED TWO THREE FOUR
FIVE
THREW THE CAR IN GEAR
AND PLOUGHED OUT

 

 

WITH A SHOW OF IMPATIENCE
I FLIPPED THE REMAINS
OF THE BUTT INTO THE FLAMES
SECRETS SECRETS
SO DAMN MANY SECRETS
SURE IT COULD
EXCEPT THAT IT WASN'T
I POKED A BUTT IN MY MOUTH
AND HELD A MATCH TO IT
PRICE SHOOK OUT A CIG
FROM HIS PACK
MONEY WASN'T THE PRIMARY MOTIVE
I LIT UP AND BLEW A CLOUD OF SMOKE
AT THE CEILING
I PICKED ANOTHER CIGARETTE
OUT OF THE BOX
AND FLICKED A MATCH
WITH MY THUMBNAIL
THAT ABOUT COVERS IT

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