Play 13: Energy

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31 Plays in 31 Days is a challenge for playwrights during August. The goal? Write 31 plays. Doesn’t matter how long or how good they are. I’ll be posting a few here as I go for accountability’s sake.


Silence.

Attempt to speak.

Pause.

Attempt. Pause.

Breathe.

Words cannot express
consciousness.

Pause.

I remember my memory,
still it gets a little hazy.
Especially now?
Especially now.
The cold — 
winter and snow
take their toll
on me. Everything takes more effort
going outside takes more effort
seeing people takes more effort
not seeing people takes more effort
I just want to
sleep.

Can’t sleep, shouldn’t sleep,
want to sleep.

Silence.

I could teach you how to sleep —

I’m not saying you need me to, I’m just saying I could,
if you wanted me to,
if you ever got tired,
not incapable, just tired of being so capable, 
so on it, you know?
Just if
that ever happened…

I could teach you how to sleep.