Monday, June 8, 2015

Pete's First Purchase

His whole life,
Pete's income from holidays and birthdays
has been hastily stashed into his piggy bank.

The recent $5 from Great Grandma,
came with firm instructions to be spent,
not saved.

Like any good son of mine would do,
he eventually narrowed down his options
to 2 small character cars:
Yoda or Darth Vader.

falling victim to the quick and easy path,
he chose the sleeker,
seemingly swifter
Lord of the Sith.

At home, he and Vader had many
hot wheeled pursuits
of me and the Chewbacca car
till we were all out of gas.

Before bedtime, he announced
he was going to sleep with
Darth Vader.

What an odd thing to say.

I suppressed my laughter,
trying to replace the image of
Pete snuggled up next to a
7-foot, black-cloaked machine-man
with what I knew
he intended.

Later that night,
when he stumbled out of bed to go potty,
the car still clutched in his fingers,
I realized that,
by virtue of cuddling up with him,
I had been kind of like
the Darth Vader
in the picture I'd previously had.

Then, as if by a jolt of
force lightning,
I realized that my previous conception of
"Return of the Jedi" could be totally wrong:

I'd always perceived it through 
Luke's perspective -
the jedi returning to conquer the Empire 
after it had struck back
at his new hope.

I thought as I was looking through
Vader's helmet for the first time,
the title could refer to
Anakan returning as a jedi
after a long stint on the dark side.


It made me wonder,
if in a hexalogy,
or any creative work,
a character switches from
protagonist to antagonist
and perhaps back again
or vice versa,
what do you call that?

Do they cancel out into
or combine into

Are there creative works
where someone fills both rolls
What would that be?

What if a bad character 
brings about good
or vice versa?

These are the $5 questions
of life,
or at least mine,
as I try to use the white noise
of my breathing apparatus
to lull young Luke to sleep,
resisting the urge
to force-choke the front yard


  1. Awesome. The force is strong with this one.

  2. We've been tempted to get a count of his midichlorians, but we feel it would just be forcing... the force.