Saturday, February 14, 2009

Joan of Arc (Again)



Joan of Arc goes to a casting call.

They tell her she can be The Girlfriend.

She blinks.

Her armor reflects the harsh lighting as she says,

"I am a French national hero, and a saint besides.

I have led men into battle to fight and die.

I have been wounded and burned,

And you offer me the part of The Girlfriend?"


The man before her is bored.

There are a million young actresses who would leap on this job like rabid minks.

"So do you want the part or not?"


Joan of Arc rides her noble steed past Starbuck's.

Someone driving past in a pick-up truck honks the horn, yells "hey baby!" and whistles.

It is raining.


Joan of Arc sees her ex-girlfriend coming out of a women's bar on Harrison Avenue.

The same one who told her to take her "funky frog ass back to Quebec."

Joan of Arc is not Canadian.


Saint Teresa of Avila appears and finds Joan sitting on a bus bench, devouring a huge chocolate brownie.

She says, "Hiya, Toots. Nice horse. So...talk to me."


"Life sucks," says the Maid of Orleans.

"I'm unemployed, single and hormonal;

Everything around me seems trivial and unkind.

I feel that I was meant for more than this,

And that, perhaps, I have been born in the wrong time."


"Listen, chica," says Saint Teresa,

"You are more than your circumstances, finer than your failings, and there is honor and purpose in every breath you take.

Besides that, you are loved, more than you know."


"Aw g'wan," says Joan of Arc.

She raises an eyebrow.

"You're not going to start in about Jesus, are you?"


"Nope," says Saint Teresa of Avila. "It's just us girls here. Now fork over some of that brownie. You're such a pig."


Joan of Arc laughs around a mouthful, and breaks off a gooey hunk for Saint Teresa of Avila.

"Fuck you," says Joan of Arc, but she is smiling.

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10 comments:

Riot Kitty said...

Joan of Arc on Valentine's Day!

Poutalicious said...

Perfect for Valentine's Day Fireblossom. I know "I get by with a little help from my friends."

Gillian said...

Joan of Arc and I share a birthday!
And...I love that she listened to the voice of God...she kicked serious butt.

There is a song I like, called "Horse and I" by Bat for Lashes...and to me it speaks of Joan of Arc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL-SikCeNDY

Do have a listen!
Happy Valentines Day Shay!

Fireblossom said...

Happy Heart Day, RK!

Isn't it the truth, Pouty? Girlfriends are the best.

I went, I heard, I enjoyed! Thanks, Gillian!

Mama Zen said...

"Joan of Arc is not Canadian."

That absolutely says it all!

susannassketchbook said...

Well this has me smiling. :) I could just SEE it all happening, as if I was a pedestrian on the street. It would make a great short film, don't you think? You are a good writer.

Jannie Funster said...

Oh Shay, how would I start to pick out a favorite line to comment on this? There are soooo many funny, funny lines.

YOU ARE SO TALENTED and I am privileged to have bumped into you.

xl

Fireblossom said...

That's right, Mama Zen. She probably wouldn't know a Canadien from a Maple Leaf!

oOo a short film, yes, what a neat idea. Leave it to you, Susanna. Love it.

Even when I am feeling as circumspect as I am at the moment, sometimes I just can't help myself. Glad it brought a smile, Jannie. And the privelege is mine, I think.

Kristin H. said...

OMG I love this. I might be your new bestest fan in the WHOLE world.

Fireblossom said...

Well my goodness, thanks Kristen, let me just go stick my noggin in the freezer to take down the swelling!