Wise Man River

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Wise Man River HELEN:Andyouwonthatscholarship, Setting:Arkansas,nearthebanksofthe didn’tyou? MississippiRiver. CLAIRE:Yes,but… Time:Sunset. HELEN:You’regoingtocollege,and (Lightsriseonthebanksofthe you’regoingtobejustfine. Mississippi.Helenage70,sitsona blanketunderanoldwillowtree.Sheis CLAIRE:I’mgoingtomissyou, talkingtotheriverandthrowingsmall Grandma,andmyhome(laughs)and bouquetsoftiedflowersintothewater.) evenWiseManRiver. HELEN:(talkingtotheriver)Oldman, HELEN:YourememberwhenIsaidyou youlistentomenow.Youtakecareof couldlearnalotfromtheriver? Claire,orIwon’teverthrowyouanother bouquet.Keephercompanywhenshe’s CLAIRE:Sure.Yousaidthatariver lonely.You,OldRiver,youlistentome flowsandfloodsandfreezes.Itchanges now. courseandgetsdiverted,butitnever stopsbeingariver. (EnterClaire,Helen’sgrandaughter) HELEN:That’sright,andyouhavetobe CLAIRE:Grandma,whoareyoutalking willingtoflowwiththechanges. to? CLAIRE:(Clearlyfrustrated)Tellingme HELEN:WiseManRiver. tolivemoreliketheriverdoesn’treally help,Grandma. CLAIRE:(Laughs)IstheWiseMan listening? HELEN:(Patiently)Well,letmefinish. Youseethatoldwillowbendingdownto HELEN:Heknowsthatifhewantsme theriver?Youseethesuntouchingthe togivehimflowers,he’dbetterlisten. water?Youseemybouquetsfloating CLAIRE:Lookhowbeautifulthesunset towardstherocks?Whatconnectsthem? is.Idon’tknowwhy,butlately CLAIRE:Mygrandma? everythingIseearoundherethatis beautifulismakingmesad. HELEN:That’sright.Grandmaandall herlove.I’mconnectedtoeverythingI HELEN:What’stroublingyou, love.Loveistheriverthatconnectsus sweetheart? all.Andaslongasyouarestandingon CLAIRE:Idon’twanttoleaveArkansas. thebanksofthatriver,youwillneverbe Illinoisissofaraway. alone. HELEN:Youwanttogotocollege,don’t (HelenandClairequietlywatchasthe you? Mississippilooksasthoughitcatches firewiththesettingsun.) CLAIRE:Yes,Grandma,but… ™ ©AdvancedAssessmentSystems/LinkIt!Duplicationisrestrictedtolicenseesonly.

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