When I arrived in Pasto, it was a rainy New Year's eve. The streets were deserted, except for a few people setting off firecrackers in effigies of the old year--straw-filled figures, dressed like old men. And of course, there were also the corpses of the mascotas that had already been burnt. According to Wikipedia, this practice has been illegal since 2005.

I had just suffered through what was, for me, a terrible bus ride--nine and half hours, the last four in the rain and dark, the bus lurching through the mountains. There are more details, but I won't go into them. In any case, after taking this picture, I decided not to stay out in the streets for medianoche. I went back to my hotel room (I had been upgraded to a luxury suite, which should have been an indication that there was something seriously wrong with the timing of three-day visit to Pasto) and I listened to firecrackers from there.

I slept
Through the noise of the party and
The quiet
Of morning. When I awoke, I lay
Warily on the cot
For a few moments, trying

Listen / Escuche:

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 she say when she kicked me
Out of bed?
Oh my god, its four
Oclock, Ive gotta get you
Out of here!”

Listen / Escuche:

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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But then, just before
The big moment, before the catharsis
Of auto-enumeration
Was going to release me from care, I sneaked a quick
Glance at myself—
To make sure I was ready—

Listen / Escuche:

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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