POETS' CORNER: FEELA RIFFS ON "THE HUNGER GAMES"

Editor’s Note: Well, the reviews are in. Apparently “The Hunger Games” is not from hunger. Au contraire. It appears the action-adventure epic marks the launch of the heir apparent to the Harry Potter phenomenon.”We have a winner! ‘The Hunger Games’ has…yearning romance and suspense that won’t quit,” raves Rolling Stone. What poet/author/teacher David Feela has to say about the movie is this: “If you haven’t seen the blockbuster, but your children are home for spring break and threatening to take you there, here’s a little appetizer: ‘The Snack Games.'”

THE SNACK GAMES

“Why aren’t you at home studying
for the exam?”
“My parents told me I was born to be
sacrificed at the government games next week.”
“But you have the highest academic
standing in the class!”
“Yeah, I wish I’d known about this
back in kindergarten.”
“But you’re the only one in the district
who understands calculus!”
“They say math skills aren’t a good
predictor of who will survive.”
“But you’re my best friend!”
“Then let’s switch places.  I take your
exam and you go to the arena.”
“You’d really take my exam?”
“Sure, what’s a little sacrifice.”
“If I don’t pass this year, I don’t graduate!”
“Well, I can say without equivocation
that you will pass.”
“That would be so cool, if equivocation
means you won’t get caught.”
“That’s what it means.”
“And you won’t mind your exam getting
marked as a no show?”
“Just so nobody from the arena comes
looking for me while I’m doing your calculus.”
“I’ll cover for you.”
“Here, take my knife, and my bow and
arrows; they won’t allow them in the exam room.”
“Sure.”
“And you might as well have these
cookies and cheese sticks too.”
“But you’ll need every ounce of energy
you can muster just to think straight!”
“I had a big breakfast.”
“But it’s a six hour test!”
“I know, but chances of getting a snack
once they let you into the arena are not that great.”
“Well, if you think so.”
“That’s what I’m here for, to do all the thinking.”
“A kiss for luck?”
“As if luck had anything to do with it.”

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