In the few weeks
Id known Bill, thered been no indication
Of any friends
Or even acquaintances in his life, save for the guy
Who occasionally
Gave him food stamps. But the next night

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Written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, Parsimony, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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What did I get out of it? Not
The drugs—I havent used that stuff in—what is it? Nine…
Almost ten
Years now. I didnt touch
Any of Paulies
Funny money either—Id seen him go broke—
Oh, lets see—

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Group Theory, written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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All around me everything was quiet—
Save for the low
Meditative hum of the invisible
Air-handling
Equipment—that constant, purring, mechanical
Conversation

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Written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, Teratology, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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Among boilers and fans and ducts and thermostats—
Which would never—
No matter how long I eavesdropped—
Have anything
To do with me. I released the upper balcony
From the grip
Of concentration in which I had held it
So tightly, and I let
My attention
Drop
Back down to the main floor.

I was glad to see
Mr. One, still ambitious, still hard at work
At getting
His good nights
Sleep—
And devout Miss Two—she was still
Held rapt
By the vision
Of the giant clock
At the end of the hall. This moment—
This stillness—
Which I had feared would be so fleeting, now seemed
As if it might persist
For some time—as if, instead of pacing,
Nervous
Inertia had become
Characteristic of our state in that station. I noticed
All these things
Calmly, without thinking—in fact, right then
I was unable
To think, a man with no thoughts—
For as I listened
To the private
Colloquy of the machines,
And observed, once again, my companions
In their places
And felt the growing
Strength and aspirations toward permanence of that lingering
Moment of stillness—
My thoughts—if I can call them mine—had by then
Escaped, had run off in a pack
To live primitive
Ungoverned lives—far away from me, in a fire-burnt
Wilderness, my thoughts were screaming
And howling, brandishing
Their genitals like weapons and chanting bitter
Ineffectual curses
As they circled warily around a smoldering
Misshapen
Wreck—the inconceivable fact
Of Mr. Threes
Non-presence
That had smashed into my life like a meteor.

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The following
Monday, the surgeon managed
To find
A free moment
To call in a new prescription: this time, for the mildest
Of opiates:

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Written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, Parsimony, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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Did I wake up
The next morning with a recriminatory
Hangover? I certainly did.
Oh, I managed to escape from El Gato Negro after four
Free beers, before the evening crowd
Embraced me

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Group Theory, written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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It was an odd, toylike
Place, this upper balcony, a curious
And whimsical
Wrought-iron afterthought
In the design of that marmoreal station.
Perched above

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Written and performed by David Brendan O'Meara, Teratology, is one of the verse monologues included in Three Plays for One Actor.

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