The Thing That Couldn’t Die (1958) 69 Min. Black and White. Will Cowan produced and directed David Duncan’s clever screenplay that uses elements from Frankenstein, zombie movies, and psychic horror to create this “accursèd chest” buried by command of Sir Francis Drake. The subplot involves a teen crush and a night at the prom.
The virgin with her dowser looks for water.
Fracking causes earthquakes from
Excess pumping under earth’s crust.
The split mind — right hand,
Left hand — social conditioning chooses,
Force of inertia consolidates.
Beat it down! Beat the brain down!
Evil is habit sanctified into ritual
Dualities, guilty or more guilty.
Purity, chastity, and virtue
Anchor innocence in a charm
Against forked twigs and tongues.
The handyman, all muscle for brain,
Opens the box and is blown away,
And kills those who get in the way.
As if dollied into an MRI
Mapping electrical impulses
That tranquilize the severed head.
Neurologists are reading blinking lights,
And coming to conclusions
Which regions should be redacted.
Obesity is contagious. The fatter your friends,
The fatter you become. Groupthink
Because the brain’s an autodidact
That claims control over all
What the fearfully religious repress
Is their own excremental physical drives,
Their historical genocide.
Digging continues, head-hunting
For Shakespeare, or Salome, listening to
The mumbling lips of John the Baptist.
[Disposable Poem April 19, 2016]