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Mother Earth

by D. M. Larson



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MOTHER EARTH

(A Monologue)

By

D. M. Larson

Copyright (c) 1989

All Rights Reserved

 

From the published play "Why Don't They Care What Happens to the Earth?" ISBN-13: 9781533224668


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(Lights come up on an empty stage. A woman, old

and weak, walks slowly on stage and moves toward

C. Her hair is unkempt, and her clothes are baggy

and worn. She draws her clothes closely about her

as if she is cold, but it does not comfort her,

for she still shakes)

 

MOTHER

(Smiles faintly)

In the beginning, my children loved me. They truly did.

(Reaches C and stops. Happily looks before her,

using her hands to help describe what she says)

They would laugh and play, calling me joyously to join them in their fun; never forgetting me, never forgetting I'm the only one.

(Hugs herself, smiles)

We were all so happy, so free.

(Folds her hands before her)

They asked for only what I could give them when they were young, and I asked for little in return.

(Sadly)

Perhaps, too little.

(Pause)

Then, as they grew older, they changed. They no longer seemed happy with their lives and began searching for more, wanting something else that I couldn't offer them. Nothing seemed good enough anymore. No longer did they cry out to me as they used to, wanting me to play their simple, gentle games.

(Slight pause)

It was almost as if I were being ignored.

(Pause)

Did I neglect them? Did I do something to make them turn away?

(Kneels sadly)

One dark night, when I had looked away in distress, they lost their innocence. A new path was found and they left the old ways behind. No more could I hold them and whisper lovingly into their ears. Those days were lost, never to be found again. I became a burden to them. I tried to change, I tried to give them what they wanted, but I guess I didn't understand. They no longer wanted what I had to offer them. They wanted more. So, they came back and took from within me, scarring me deeply, never letting my wounds heal.

(Lays a hand over her heart)

But, with youthful blindness, they never saw my pain. They just kept taking and taking.

(She supports herself with both hands now)

I'm so weak, now...

(Closes her eyes a moment)

I have little more to give. But, still they hurt me.

(Pause. A tear. Cries out)

I cry out in great sorrow, but I'm not heard!

(Becomes almost frantic)

I plead with my children...Please, stop all this pain!

(Holds out hands, pleading)

Don't you love your mother anymore? Do you want to see her die?!

(Pause. Hand down for support. Gentle and sad)

I gave you, my children, a tree, you chopped it down.

(Looks out to audience for first time)

I gave you a river, but you defiled it. I gave you the sky, but you blackened it with smoke from your never ceasing fires. Will nothing make you love me, again? I have given you the world, but you continue to destroy it.

(Pause. Softly, as if it were her final breath)

Have you forgotten your Mother Earth?

(She bows her head in defeat and weeps. Lights

fade to black)

 

END OF PLAY

 






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RALPH
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(Ralph waves good-bye and watches person go)

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**** “The Cynical Professor” a monologue by D. M. Larson

Okay class. I know you hate classes that are required for your degree so I am going to try and make this as painless as possible.

Because you're taking a lot of loans, using a lot of credit and building up some serious debt to be here, I don't want this class to be any more difficult than it needs to be. I mean you are going to be paying off these loans for the next 20 or 30 years. It's like you're taking out a mortgage and buying a house. And who can afford a house mortgage anymore when you have all these loans, credit and debts piling up just so you can get a degree in Egyptology or Greek mythology?

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Law not for you? You could play the stock market and do some day trading. Or you could be a software designer. Maybe be an engineer and figure out new ways to get us the limitless electricity that we demand or come up with alternate fuels so we no longer need gas in our cars. You can still help the world without picking a degree that will drown you in debt that you can never pay back.

If you want to study a dead language or some mythological beast, go hang out in the library or watch the History Channel, but don't run up thousands of dollars in loans to study something that won't pay the bills. A Egyptologist is not going to change the world, but an attorney just might have the power to right some wrong.

Gandhi was a lawyer. So was Abraham Lincoln. And Nelson Mandela. These are great people that left their mark on history and transformed nations. I'm not telling you to transfer out of your history classes. History has wonderful lessons for us. I'm telling you not to major in it. Learn from history but then USE what you learned. Go out there and change things. And who better to change things than someone who understands how the system works than a lawyer.

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Class dismissed.

End of Monologue ****


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