THE WHITE BIRD OF YOUTH


a white building

a white cloud

a white bird

and blue

out of which an  orchestra strikes up

taking the young Spaniard drinking a brandy by surprise.

May I have the pleasure?

(he looks up at the woman, nods)

mmmmmmmba da mmba da mmmbada da

(they dance a snaky sexy tango then she loses it)

Oooops! Sorry. My fault.

no problem

(they dance several flawless circuits of the room without saying anything)

do people still say ‘oops?’

some

what do they say instead?

who?

the others, the people who don’t say ‘Ooops’.

all manner of things

such as?

shit, for fuck’s sake

I see.

we english tend to say ‘ooops’ a lot, I’m afraid

you’re very polite

sorry to interrupt but could you possibly pass the salt? That sort of thing.

I know. It’s a –

(the music stops. They hold the final pose for a second then part)

see you around

I hope so

the white bird flies off.

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