Mad Hatters' Review Issue 10, Fall 2008
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Interior Design Contest
Winning Entry by

Beebe Barksdale-Bruner

Art by Paul DiLasoia

The Last Scene in 2001, A Space Odyssey

Comfortable in my space suit I’d nevertheless
like to change into something more flexible,
silky and touchable, possibly to chat up the
hot young thing on the couch so

Kubrick, cut the crap. You promised me
a formal French Provencial lounge, a cool
sterile setting to rest, pale green walls, indirect
lighting to soothe a tired space traveler’s eyes

and a bed of contoured clouds.
Finding this place was not easy, going through
an endless wormhole and not knowing if I would live,
wondering if the audience is still sitting awestruck

by your special effects. Like Noah,
I’m asking “Why me Lord?” This scene here
is so red, so cliché. Fires of hell, you say? 180 degrees
different and not at all what I expected.

Give me a break, Stanley.

Edgy and Enlightened Literature, Art and Music in the Age of Dementia
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