Two performances for Bella Basura coming up this month…
Scarecrow Corner Springtime Benefit Gig, Cambridge
At The Devonshire Arms, 19th March
Poetic Springs, Bury St Edmunds
Anselm Community Centre, 23rd March
Limited copies of The Short Answer chapbook will be on sale at both events.
On The Other Hand
A Dialogue For Two Sock Puppets
by Bella Basura
As she picked up the phone I knew she was in one of her moods, I felt her contrarian mode leeching from the mouthpiece even before she spoke.
It had always been like that, even when we were kids and had to share a room.
She contradicted me as a knee jerk reaction.
If I said “Barbie is best”. She would say “I prefer Sindy”.
If I said “I like stickle-bricks”. She would say “Lego is far superior”.
If I said “Black”
She would say “White”.
I knew she was going to cut up rough this morning when I phoned her.
I said “Terrible weather, seems to rain every afternoon”
She said “On the contrary, it is sunny in the morning”.
I said “And it’s the new moon, I always feel a lack of energy at the new moon”
She said “oh really! I find the opposite is true. I have far more energy at the full moon”
I said “So your energy drops at the new moon”
She says “No, it rises at the full moon”
I say “2 plus 2 is 4”
She says “wrong! 4 minus 2 is 2”
I say “right, right is right”
She says “you’re wrong, baby sister, wrong is wrong.
Wrong wrong wrongwrongwrong wrong”