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TeaTimeSunday / SONNETS
by BOKE
BUFFY-VERSE SERIES    (117-120) SONNETS #121-124 of 154 (125,126)
SPECIAL: FOCUS ON "THE XANDER-MISTAKE"

 
[R.I.P. SEPT '02]

SONNETS #121-124 for Tea Time in L.A. -
XANDER'S SPECIAL HELL

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Rhetorical verse for Tea Time in L.A. - (Talking about Buffy
as Shakespeare would have. [g])

Posted by: forensicpoetry - May 11, 2002, 7:56 PM

 
(BUFFY-VERSE SERIES) SONNET #121-124 of 154
XANDER'S SPECIAL HELL

rhetorical verse in Shakespearean sonnet form
(a 4-sonnet sequence)

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{BVS_121_01.01} FROM SPIKE'S ROLE'S BUFFY-HEAVEN . . . WE DESCEND

{BVS_121_01.02} TO XANDER'S SPECIAL HELL. Walk through the fire

{BVS_121_01.03} to see the place. Survey the sins he's sinned.

{BVS_121_01.04} Compendiums of bad jokes . . . And a lyre . . .

 
{BVS_121_01.05} . . . he'll never play. IT'S THERE TO LET HIM KNOW

{BVS_121_01.06} HE COULD HAVE forced the writers to redeem

{BVS_121_01.07} his role. A BETTER PLACE where he could go

{BVS_121_01.08} than Xander's horror show and nightmare dream.

 
{BVS_121_01.09} BUT HERE HE'LL SIT IN HELL to contemplate

{BVS_121_01.10} "stupidity" in all its myr'ad forms.

{BVS_121_01.11} HE'LL PONDER how to fix it. But too late.

{BVS_121_01.12} Once you're in hell . . . who'd care about reforms?

 
{BVS_121_01.13} In Buffy-time, he'll once proclaim: "NO MORE

{BVS_121_01.14} BUTT-MONKEY XANDER." But still Whedon's "whore."


{2}

{BVS_122_02.01} HE DID WHATEVER Joss paid him to do.

{BVS_122_02.02} (For those who think "strange thoughts," I don't mean sex.)

{BVS_122_02.03} He let the writers pave an avenue

{BVS_122_02.04} for Xander straight to hell. DESIGN DEFECTS . . .

 
{BVS_122_02.05} . . . THAT COULD HAVE BEEN CORRECTED if he'd said:

{BVS_122_02.06} "Hey Joss, this feels all wrong, I must request

{BVS_122_02.07} a reconsideration of my thread

{BVS_122_02.08} of character . . . which now just fails the test . . .

 
{BVS_122_02.09} . . . coherence in the Buffy-verse demands.

{BVS_122_02.10} I mean no disrespect . . . I ask the same.

{BVS_122_02.11} IF I KEEP ON THIS PATH, the Buffy sands

{BVS_122_02.12} of time will flow . . . BUT TAINTED by my lame, . . .

 
{BVS_122_02.13} . . . bad character. Big-badder than the worst

{BVS_122_02.14} of evil doers. Lameness well-rehearsed.


{3}

{BVS_123_03.01} WHEN YOU MAKE TV DRAMA . . . you transmit

{BVS_123_03.02} ideas we hold in common. Thoughts we share.

{BVS_123_03.03} And shows that somehow reach the rank of "hit"

{BVS_123_03.04} have something at their heart for which we care.

 
{BVS_123_03.05} THE BUFFY NUMBERS never have been big.

{BVS_123_03.06} A smaller set of people find their joy

{BVS_123_03.07} in Buffy's "odd" reality. They "dig"

{BVS_123_03.08} the tone . . or something magic . . . in this toy . . .

 
{BVS_123_03.09} . . . reality . . . DESIGNED with all the heart

{BVS_123_03.10} and soul . . . and wit . . . its maker truly has.

{BVS_123_03.11} AND ONLY FOOLS would say Joss isn't smart.

{BVS_123_03.12} YET GREAT TV has something close to JAZZ . . .

 
{BVS_123_03.13} . . . WHICH MEANS each artist follows his best line

{BVS_123_03.14} constrained by key and rhythm . . . NOT DEVINE . . .


{4}

{BVS_124_04.01} . . . COMMANDS from THE JAZZ GOD who rules the set.

{BVS_124_04.02} AS WOODY ALLEN SAYS: "If you can't think

{BVS_124_04.03} of better things to say, then say this. Let

{BVS_124_04.04} your own creative voice be one strong link . . .

 
{BVS_124_04.05} . . . within this project's chain. My sins atone."

{BVS_124_04.06} (NOTE: KEVIN SMITH can't stand you not to say

{BVS_124_04.07} each word the way he wrote it . . . in the tone

{BVS_124_04.08} he hears it in his head. . . He gives no play.

 
{BVS_124_04.09} AND HEAVEN HELP YOU on Dave Kelley shows

{BVS_124_04.10} if you don't toe the lines he sets in steel.

{BVS_124_04.11} I've crossed his path, but we'd have come to blows

{BVS_124_04.12} if I to Woody's arguments appeal.)

 
{BVS_124_04.13} I CLOSE WITH XANDER IN HIS SPECIAL HELL.

{BVS_124_04.14} I wish each Xander-line had made him yell.

{ [THE END]

HAIKU CODA

Spike and Xander are
the heaven and the hell
of the Buffy-verse.


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