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Friday, February 03, 2006

 

TELL ME WHAT Y0U CANNOT TELL ME

TELL ME WHAT YOU CANNOT TELL ME
by
Milton Trachtenburg
copyright, 1996

Her:

What are you thinking?

Him:

Nothing much.

Her:

Come on. We've been married ten years now and I know when something is on your mind.

Him:

You always seem to know when something is on my mind, don't you?

Her:

Well, you don't have to snap at me! What did I do wrong?

Him:

Nothing. Not a thing!

Her:

Hold me...please.

Him:

Oh, Christ!

Her:

Did something happen at work today? You know you can talk to me about it.

Him:

No, nothing happened at work. Nothing ever happens at work.

Her:

Well, something must be bothering you.

Him:

I'm just tired is all.

Him: (voice coming from offstage)

Yeah, something is bothering me, all right. I can't stand you. Always trying to manage my life but never contributing anything to it.

Her: (voice from offstage)

What is the matter with him? I've always done what was best for him. I make him a nice home and do all the damn work around here. What does he want?

Him:

Well, I had a difficult day today. I had trouble with my boss and I'm really upset. I wish you would have a little more consideration.

Her:

What's this got to do with consideration? What do you want from me? You know I have it tough too. You aren't the only one with a tough job.

Him:

Yeah, I never said that you didn't have it difficult. What does that have to do with anything?

Her:

Why do you always have to get so angry at everything I say? I never did anything to deserve that.

Him:

Please. Just leave me alone! I don't need another one of these go nowhere conversations.

Her:

Where is it supposed to go?

Him:

I don't care anymore where it goes. Just let me sleep.

Him: (voice only)

It's like talking to a wall. There really isn't anyone home there. How do you tell someone who isn't home that there is company?

Her: (voice only)

What does he want from me? God knows, I try to please him every way I can.

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