Spoiler Alert

Jimmy and Mom

For today’s liv2write2day’s Blog Fiction, Poetry and Writing Prompts, Victoria wrote, “As we approach the end of the year and the beginning of another, a theme inspires me: endings.”

She went on to assign, and here, I have blended some of her choices, “Write a poem or a piece of short fiction about an ending/write a poem with a surprise ending.”

I have been watching Boardwalk Empire, and thought I could…well, if I told you, it would be a spoiler alert to the spoiler alert, so, read the story, and you will probably figure out how I got this idea.

Spoiler Alert

As he read, she stood over his shoulder, undaunted, grinning. As he read the last few paragraphs, he started shaking his head, for he sensed what was to come.

“Throughout the acclaimed series, I debated whether the style was Jacobean or Elizabethan. As I attempted to properly label the dramatic style, each episode, nay, each scene, brought me back and forth, like an amusement park The Pirate Ship ride. My mind maneuvered, like an Aston Martin in an early Bond movie. Clearly, there were aspects of The Godfather that were parallel to both Macbeth and the Henry IV trilogy. Undoubtedly, any given episode maintained characteristics of The Revenger’s Tragedy.

“As a connoisseur of award winning television drama, I was seduced into watching two full seasons back to back. The opening of the stylish, expressionist, HBO period piece, was directed by  Martin Scorsese himself.

“Finally, as I salivated over the virtuosity of the final episode of the second season, I could concede to only one formal designation: Greek Tragedy.

“Of course, within the voluminous works of that era, only one work parallels. Thus, the spoiler alert of the week: Boardwalk Empire is the most Oedipal of all contemporary dramatic works ever to…”

He stopped reading. Her smile faded, “What? Is it that bad? Too over the top English-major? What?”

“No,” he kissed her on the forehead. “this is your best writing ever, well, at least for your Spoiler column. Hon, I don’t know how to tell you this, but, that wasn’t the end, it wasn’t the last episode, it was second to last.”

“OH!” replied the loquacious English Major, “oh.”


Photo Credit: © HBO 2011

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About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on December 31, 2011, in D’verse Poets Pub, Monday Morning Writing Prompt, Prose and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Ha, this is great! Definitely a surprise ending within an ending… Thanks so much for sharing this at Write2Day, Bat-Ami. Blessings/Simcha in 2012.

  2. Wishing you the best of endings and a great new beginning to 2012.

  3. ha nice..surprising ending for sure…i love the mind maneuvering like an Aston Martin in an early Bond movie..ha this i call a palpable picture… happy new year to you tammy!!

  4. Some really neat twists to this, and great lines as well. Left me laughing. Happy New Year!

  5. Ha! Left me laughing too, and I haven’t seen Boardwalk Empire! Have a Happy New Year! K.

  6. Great cliffhanger! I hope you have a wonderful 2012.

  7. Fun piece. I’ve never seen the show, don’t get HBO, but I do know a couple people who rave about the show. Really appreciate the intellectual/academic analysis you gave the show/series. Great job. Happy New Year

  8. haha…nice…fun read and would have def given a chuckle in the situ….have a wonderful new year….

  9. funny….enjoyed this…wishing you happy new year ~

    cheers ~

  10. cute…don’t get that show here at the beach, but I enjoyed the wordplay and the poetic love. Hope your new year’s the best!

  11. You make me smile. Happy, happy new year to you! =)

  12. Funny, what a great twist at the “end”! You are so clever. I look forward to enjoying much more from you in the coming year.
    Gayle ~

  13. Superb twist – just exactly what the new year needs!

  14. superb piece.

  15. LOL Great spoiler alert. You did so well with it, I love the word… loquacious 🙂
    The painting is good, we all have to begin somewhere and, practice makes perfect and, even if it isn’t perfect, it’s all yours!

  16. Hahaha – love this – beautiful sting in the tail of this piece and you didn’t give away a single thing 🙂

  17. a suprise inside a suprise too nice writing.

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