Good corn, Bad corn, Mouse

Scenes from Buknari.

1

Setting: a goddamn marsh. Snow and cows. Lela, a teacher at Buknari Village School, and Ernie, an intrepid wanderer, are returning from Chokhat’auri. 

LELA “Man have so much freedom. I wish to be a man. I hate my profession. I wish to be singer or actor.”

Ernie almost steps in cow poop.

ERNIE: Rogoraa isa qartulad? (How is it called in Georgian?)

LELA: “Poona.”

They watch a cow pee.

ERNIE: Rogoraa isa qartulad?

LELA: “Pissi.”

2

Ernie walks into the kitchen. There is a vat on the counter. It is full of cow feet.

ERNIE: Holy shit!

IRENE: Dinner.

3

The backyard. Ernie wanders outside, looks around, seems lost. He climbs a ladder up to the treehouse. Inside are TEMO, TENGO, and IRENE, sitting among and doing something strange to dried ears of CORN. 

ERNIE: What’s shakin’? Rogoraa khart?

TEMO: What?

ERNIE: What are you doing?

TEMO: What?

ERNIE: Corn.

TEMO: Yes. We are, eh, corn, yes. We are working the corn.

ERNIE: Oh. What for?

TEMO: Mmm, eh, good corn, bad corn.

TEMO twists an ear and a few kernels shell off into a bowl underneath.  He throws the ear on a heap. 

TEMO: Good corn.

He points to the heap of good corn. ERNIE sits down with the three of them and begins to sort the good corn from the bad. A squeak.

TENGO: Mouse!

Work ceases. The four search amidst the unsorted corn and find a partially squashed, but still alive, mouse. 

IRENE: Eeeeee!

ERNIE, using a corn husk as a napkin, picks up the mouse and throws it outside to the ground below. They watch it fall. All laugh and continue sorting corn. Blackout. 

4

ERNIE and TEMO return home from school to find TENGO standing on a truckbed. He backflips off the truck and lands on the ground, on his feet.

ERNIE: Holy shit!

Blackout. 

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2 comments
    • They are ninth graders. They are zesty with life, and also have a zesty village smell. Ewwwwwww

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