1 1 ETUDE 1: DEER, CAPRICORN, CAPRICORNUS (G on the piano) BOY: The first etude: Deer, Capricorn, Capricornus. (the first piano etude begins) boy in a low voice: Capricorn. Capricorn. Capricorn... MAN 1: Space....Capricorn. Capricornus... A light from the past reaching the present. Capricorn... dreams... Now it's lit. (drop, rain)
2 2 Death A crack is heard a deer awakens in a November forest. So far everything's all right. There's a dark forest nearby. The wet silence of the forest. (car on the road) MAN 1: This is an escape. An escape trip. The man is driving. A black road. Black ice. The headlights slicing through the darkness. (in the car:) What? Answer me. Why don't you say anything? What's happened to you? Where are you taking us? What? Answer me. Why don't you say anything? Why can't you say anything? What have you done? Eh? What? boy in a quiet voice:...capricorn, Capricorn, Capricorn... Has someone done something to you? Talk to me....capricorn, Capricorn, Capricorn... MAN 1: The child is sitting in the back seat in the dark. Nearest to space. boy: deer, Capricorn, Capricornus. He presses his hands against the window. The glass is cold. boy:...move, time He sees his own reflection in the road.
3 3 (rain in the forest) MAN 1: deer in the forest, drip drip, water dripping from the branches. Stops, listens, it's quiet. (motorcycle) (a horse approches, galloping, gallops past) MAN 1: The road passes throught the forest. A black road, black ice. (in the car:) What is it? What's happened to you? Answer me. I'm afraid of you. Say something. (a bang) A deer through the forest. Rushing to escape. A black forest, black escape. The deer leaps into the road, into the black. Leaps into the light, dazzling light... (car braking suddenly)...the brightness of stars, metal, scrap - (thump against the car) Death. An eye in the side mirror. Tears in the eye, deep pain.
4 4 boy in a quiet voice: What have you done? A heart beating on the black road. Stops. (man cries silently) (end of the first piano etude) The stars are flowing downwards in silence. Space is shrinking. White stars in the black eye the eye like a frozen spring. boy in a quiet voice: deer, Capricorn, Capricorn, Capricorn... What comes after darkness? What colour lies beyond black?...capricorn, Capricorn... (silence)
5 5 ETUDE II: HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FOREST (G and F-sharp on the piano) BOY: Etude II: House in the middle of the forest. (the second piano etude begins) MAN 1: The light of the stars is light from the past. It's possible that one of the stars we're looking at now has already exploded. BOY: Capricorn, Capricornus, 39 light years from the Earth. In the middle of the forest, a house.
6 6 In the house, a closet. In the closet, fear. On the wall, a deer head, with handsome antlers, with eyes of glass. In its eye, the door of the closet opens... (door creaking)...from the closet, the head of a child peeks out. BOY: No... In the room, a green wall-to-wall carpet. From the carpet, an acrid smell. Or is it coming from the closet? Under the child, the smell of fear, urine. BOY: help - A house in the middle of the forest. A glowing universe on the floor, a thousand pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, a star map, fluorescent pieces glowing in the dark, in the dust on the shaggy carpet, among the ashes. A star map, a desert of ashes. (a clank, fast footsteps, a door) Across the desert of ashes, running feet, eyes on the floor. Never looking up,
7 7 not seeing the mirror in the hall, not seeing. For if- (whistling) if he looked up, he'd see the hall mirror and in the mirror, a man. A man in the desert of ashes, a man on the green carpet, a man with a rose on his face. A man, not moving. Man shouting in the distance: Let me out! A house in the middle of the forest. In the house, fear. A child in his bedroom... BOY: no....outside, darkness. MAN 2 Fear: BOY: That you turn your head and see a dead person. Fear: BOY: You're alone in the house and there's a man lying on the floor. Blood flowing from the man's head like tears.
8 8 Fear: Fear BOY: A man with a rose on his face. Fear: BOY: You look out into the darkness and see a strange face. Fear: Fear BOY: There's someone outside in the forest who sees me. boy in the distance: Al-jady is Arabic for child. A house in the middle of the forest. In the window, a child. The child presses his hands against the cold glass. What have you done? BOY: What have you done?
9 9 The child is reflected in the window, looking at himself. (Boy reading a book) A horrible thing in the dark. His own image. Locked out in the dark. What have you done? Boy: What have you done? (a clank) A house in the middle of the forest. On the wall, a deer's head, with handsome antlers, with eyes of glass, its eyes reflecting the man. A man with a rose on his face. His head rising from the green carpet, with black hair. Everything can be mended, joined back together, line joining line, a light shining. His head rising from the floor, with broken glass under his feet, the thousand pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. A child's face in the window, a door opening behind him, a man reflected in the window, the man opening his mouth with words in it, the man says: The man says MAN 2 We must go. Now. MAN 3 We must go. Now.
10 10 ETUDE III: NOVEMBER IN THE ROOM (G, F-sharp and E on the piano). BOY: The third etude. November in the room. (the third piano etude begins) MAN 3: In the dark, a man's childhood comes to an end. A jolt, and everything comes apart. BOY: Open it! Open the door! (running, horse, a clank) No! MAN No! WOMAN No!
11 11 BOY: No, you mustn't! (door being beaten) BOY: Open the door! (running footsteps in the stairway) MAN 3: Disappearing: Love Run, deer, run through the city. Respect A black road, black ice, shoes slipping. Understanding Kick the jigsaw puzzle apart, make the pieces fly in the air. (horse hooves) MAN 3: Words have no meaning any more. Smashed apart. Lost. November winds raging in the room. Hooves in the wind. Hooves thumping at his head. A glass vase in the air. Even a small hand can lift it. (glass shattering) A woosh - nothing's ever the same again. A jolt - and everything comes apart.
12 12 ETUDE IV: ESCAPE, THE WAY HOME (G, F-sharp, E, and B) BOY: The fourth etude. Escape, the way home. (the fourth piano etude begins) (rain, roadside on the motorway) Time's not moving. No matter how fast he drives, there's no end to the waiting. (car moving.) (in the car:)...not setting up a HOME as such, just someone to... An attempt to say what you mean....that you don't always need to SAY, that not always, or that one can just...
13 13 MAN 2 What does darkness mean?...forget words. Live. What does escape mean? You can't explain it. But Meanings keep disappearing. Sometimes you just keep putting the jigsaw puzzle together, a thousand pieces of the universe. You get the feeling that everything might become clear... There aren't a thousand pieces. There are holes in the sky, empty spaces. Nothing remains in its place, not even the strongest thing: Writing You must live more. Get more experiences. Life begins by getting on with it, not waiting. You must live more. boy in a quiet voice: Nei-i-igh MAN 3 Nei-i-igh
14 14 Driving through the night. Escape, the way home. (telephone call:) Hello? Is that you? Are you home? Can I come over? I don't mean anything. I don't want anything, I just want to sleep... Try to say what you mean like birds do. (telephone call:)...i just want to sleep next to you. (road ) Driving across the landscape, in the dark, looking for something, driving towards a place that could be an island in time. A room of light. Looking for a language that could be bird language with its own words, its own meanings, its own purpose. (the music stops for a while) But where in time is there a place for him? boy whispers: Light. Where does his life begin?
15 15 (car braking, getting out of the car, closing the door, sound of door being locked) (door buzzer, footsteps in the stairway, door) I don't understand why I agreed to do this. I'm not asking for anything. Why did I even answer the phone? You called in the middle of the night, I was asleep. Do you want me to go away? No. It's all right. Let's not talk. Let's sleep. (woman at the door of the toilet.)...listen a toothbrush? Need one? A brand new one. Thanks. (man in the toilet) What am I doing here? (man and woman go to bed)
16 16 Good night. May I come closer? Yes. (door shutting, car, horse galloping) The man driving, looking for something, escaping. The way home, escape. A house in the middle of the forest flashes by. In the window, a child's face, with a hand pressed against the glass. boy in the distance:...deneb algedi - From one city to another, from a woman's arms to another woman's arms, from one flat to another, from one room to another There MUST be some... place... where one can BE. So far there's nothing but a black road. Movement to a bed, always the bed of a stranger. (rain on the car roof)
17 17...there must be something... that could mean... something.
18 18 ETUDE V: ISLAND IN TIME (G, F-sharp, E, B, C) BOY: The fifth etude. Island in time. (the fifth piano etude begins) (a fly in the window) MAN 1: There are days that are islands in time. Cut off from time. Sunrise rise MAN 1: There's a room where time doesn't move. Sunrise
19 19 MAN 1: Only light passes through it. Sunrise dawn glimmer of dawn, a gleam glimmer sheen, shimmer glint MAN 1: Man and woman moving around in the room, together, in love. Sunrise, rosiness, blush...blush (a window is opened, swallows) The sun is rising...rising, the day is breaking...breaking, it's getting light getting light
20 20 getting bright clearing up Your face is opening up like a flower. MAN 1: One day, one room. Cut off from time. A solitary island. To walk from the window to the bed. To say your name. The names of light. (swallows) There are wallows nesting under the eave. What? Wallows. Swallows? Wallows. Migratory birds. Wallows. (a fly in the window)
21 21 The sun......is shining glistening glittering, dazzling scintillating beaming sparkling radiating The sun is burning, glowing, blazing......blazing MAN 1: The woman wraps her arms around the man's hips. The world behind the window is not for them. They watch the light passing through the day. The glow of the day...glow brilliance, incandescence, glitter luminosity, lustre
22 22 dazzle flash WOMAN The glare of the sun. MAN 1: Nothing is moving. A place in time. An island in time. A room of light. The day is lucid serene filled with serenity serenity bright... bright clear (pieces of cardboard being moved around) This is the Southern Cross. The Big Dipper of the southern hemisphere. Have you seen it? No.
23 23 When I was a kid, I used to think you die under it. (a window is closed) Evening, evenfall, glint of the evening light even- -tide evening sun sunset blush MAN 1: They reach for each other, waiting for time to pass, the daylight to pass through them. (blows into the window pane, drawing lines on the pane) MAN 1: Reaching the evening, closing themselves. Evening dusk...dusk twilight time
24 24 twilight dusky duskiness...dimness, evening twilight Evening falls evening falls, settles in the light darkens fades, dims dims blackens, it gets murky MAN: Can you reach me? MAN 1: But there are also moments like chasms. Moonlight MAN 1: What if habit turns into disgust little by little?
25 25 Glow...glow MAN 1: If they go away from each other, put distance between them, not reaching for each other, forgetting the light that moves in the forgotten room? (a fly in the window) the twinkle of stars...twinkle, brightness of stars MAN 1: There are days that are islands in time. Cut off from it.
26 26 ETUDE VI: RAPUNZEL, THE GIRL IN THE TOWER (G, F-sharp, E, B, C and D) BOY: The sixth etude. Rapunzel, the girl in the tower. MAN 3: Open the notebook with black covers. (horse) MAN 3: A girl is dancing with her mirror image, alone, ready for the world. But read: The notebook with black covers. read: Isolation. read: Picture. Writing. Dream. WOMAN For it wasn't the witch who locked Rapunzel in the tower... (the sixth piano etude begins) (footsteps running down stairs) WOMAN...but the girl herself sought isolation and is staying there in her own tower, her tower without doors...
27 27...writing in a notebook with black covers, writing down everything, writing down what she'll never live, what she hopes for and what she fears. A notebook with black covers, at least a thousand pages of text and in the text......a dying deer little birds light love fear hatred hope....fear, hatred, hope. (horse galloping) She's riding a frightened horse on an icy road. (the horse stops) If I fall off now I'll die (neighing, more galloping) The horse keeps galloping, galloping, its hooves keep slipping, sliding on the icy road, on the black asphalt, an infinity of stars in the sky, death, silence. (neighing) (writing) woman in a quiet voice:...writing
28 28 WOMAN All pages filled with text and she's writing more. New text on top of old text, letter on top of letter, many at the same time, all at once on top of each other. (whistling) She's building a tower, twelve feet high, twelve hours a day she writes... sitting, writing...twelve nights, twelve loves......and her hair keeps growing growing growing growing. the witch yells: Let your hair down at once! Her long golden hair flows out of the open window, and down below there's a woman who pulls at her hair... the witch yells: Let down your hair, woman!...and Rapunzel throws down her hair and the woman climbs into the tower. Witch, old crone, beautiful young boy. the young boy: Psst, Rappie! They visit her.
29 29 (The man is sighing, the woman snapping at him.) And Rapunzel has a pool under her skirt... men are sighing: Oh! Ooh! O-oh......you can dip your hand in it and taste it, water lily, wild rosemary and sweet, sweet night honey. The woman, the crone and the young man, and the night is long, twelve hours. Down below they're shouting: Let your hair down! But Rapunzel continues to be alone, isolated. She won't throw her hair down, no matter how much the others are yelling at the foot of the tower. Down below they're shouting: Hair down! For Rapunzel says: I LIVE MY LIFE MY WAY! Fuck you writing words on top of each other, in three or four layers, on three or four floors the story is built. I'll count to twelve and then stop. The princess lives a princess's life and sometimes she unwinds her silk rope ladder which she's had plenty of time to braid, although she's never mentioned it to anybody (ladder down) and in the dark of the night she climbs down, starts running through the streets... (harley davidson driving away, horse)...gets intoxicated.
30 30 (woman repeating: dancing, dancing, dancing, dancing, dancin... ) Dancing, dancing under the disco ball, lights glinting, thousands of stars, the dance is a thousand pictures cut off from each other. (man repeating: dreams of exile, dreams of exile, dreams of exile... ) (neighing, dance floor) Dancing dancing with her golden hair flowing, sweeping the dance floor, the last dance, the dance of death, nothing else, no meaning, no words, no message, (it gets quiet on the dance floor) they're not changing the world, they're just dancing. And by morning Rapunzel staggers back to her doorless tower, turns around, with a mirror on three sides, seeing herself from three different angles... woman in the distance: Me, me, me...that's enough company for her. Joy, Sorrow and the Unknown. (the sixth piano etude ends) But when twelve has been written, the black covers are shut, and then Rapunzel remembers her past life, wanting to live yet another life.
31 31 Where are you, my friends? she shouts. But the tower is cold and empty. It's getting colder, below zero. The tower freezes over and Rapunzel is an ice sculpture. With a tear inside it like an explosive and when the time is ripe, it'll explode and fine crushed glass will float around in the room like star star fragments. Fragments
32 32 ETUDE VII: THE GOLDEN ROAD (G, F-sharp, E, B, C, D and E-flat) BOY: The seventh etude. The golden road. (the seventh piano etude begins) boy in a quiet voice: Alpha, Alpha, Capricorn MAN 1: In the latter half of his life the man writes a letter to his daughter: Think of me like a memory. Like a person you once knew but who no longer exists. (the zipper of a bag) Think of me like a memory. Like a person you once knew but who no longer exists. MAN 1: He lowers his head into his hands, feeling sorry. (a door is opened) MAN 1: Stands up.
33 33 (the door is closed) What am I doing? (a car hooting) MAN 1 Climbs into the car, starts the engine and drives away. (the car pulls away, rain) MAN 3: For there's always been a golden road for him. That's why he sees life ahead of him. He's fast. The road takes him forward. This is your first family. a small child: Yess! MAN 3: Look: your first child. (a small child laughing) MAN 3: And at the same time, a woman comes into your bed in another house in the summer night, wanting to have a baby. Give her a baby! (whistling)
34 34 Where are you going? Where did you come from last night? What's happening to us? Leave it. (car, fly) You shouldn't be doing that. Not even a young man like you. Doing what? MAN 3: Make more babies... boy in a quiet voice: Don't...new families, beautiful wives, loved ones. There'll always be love for you. Dangerous (a clock strikes, a door is opened) MAN 2 Look at that. BOY: What?
35 35 A blind in the window, protection against darkness. Here's the sky and the stars, the entire zodiac. Cancer... Virgo... BOY: Where's my sign? What's your sign again? POIKA: Don't you know? I'm Capricorn. Yes... Capricorn, Capricornus... You've got to leave now. You hear? And don't come back any more. BOY: Dad - We don't want you. (door, car starting, sounds of the world)...think of me like a memory... (aeroplane)
36 36 MAN 3: Drive along the golden road. Don't look back. Don't look. open MAN 1: You can regret everything. MAN 3: You can always leave.
37 37 ETUDE VIII: THE ROOM OF EXPECTATION (G, F-sharp, E, B, C, D, E-flat and F) BOY: The eighth etude. The room of expectation. (the eighth piano etude begins) Rain. A cat leaps on the window sill. I blow into the window, the pane gets foggy, I draw your name in the fog, your name time and again.
38 38 Rain. Tadpoles in the window, fast ones with a tail, flowing down. This is a picture of expectation, of the time before a life begins. Rain beating against the window. the boy whispers: may I come closer? May I come closer? Yes. Yesterday's burden. A stranger's arm round my neck. Breathing on my face. On my skin the words of a stranger, the sweat, the touch of a stranger....can you...? wet marks, smells, I don't know, someone, a stranger left in the early hours of the morning. no... Out of here,
39 39 out of this room. Out of a home with just a single room. (outside, tram, man laughing:) I refuse The city, deserted, no families left, like Christmas, although it's probably just Sunday. saprisornus (whistling) (gets off the tram, footsteps on the street) Look, candlelight... Round the corner, the street is empty, no-one, nothing anywhere. In the distance, a solitary man under a black umbrella striding over a puddle. When will you be given a name? When will I see your face? (door shutting, inside a flat, cat purring) I wish these days of longing and expectation would end. I wish you'd arrive, I wish life would start.
40 40 A cat. Rain.
41 41 ETUDE IX: THE NIGHT WITH NO ESCAPE (G, F-sharp, E, B, C, D, E-flat, F and A-flat) BOY: The ninth etude. The night with no escape. MAN 3: The world needs a shot! (a shot) (the ninth piano etude begins) Auriga (the charioteer, the man driving the car) is in the French countryside almost in Paris people are celebrating in a boarding house. MAN 3: Hello ladies! A costume party with a zodiac theme. There's Ursa Major, Gemini, Capricorn... MAN 3: Hello ladies!...coma Berenikes.
42 42 MAN 3: The world needs a shot! Auriga (the man driving the car) is an unhappy young man wanting to get his life started. MAN 3: Hello ladies! He dances with the maidens. (man and woman laughing and dancing) Stepping lightly, airily, from one foot to another. Auriga lifts Capricorn's hem, wishing to see her leg. CAPRICORN MAIDEN: Vad gör Ni? Sluta. (Swedish: What are you doing? Stop it.) MAN 3: I just need someone to love me... Auriga lowers his head into her hair... MAN 3: I think I'm falling in love......her curls...
43 43 MAN 3: You're so irresistible......her golden locks. CAPRICORN MAIDEN: Jag vill vara i fred. (Swedish: Leave me alone.) The dance floor is spinning, spinning, with the thousands of stars in the sky. Spin, sky! Spin, Earth! Audaciously, Auriga enjoys the punch, love... MAN 3: You're so soft, so so so soft... CAPRICORN MAIDEN: Nej, men herre gud behärska Er! (Swedish: God, no, control yourself!) He wants, he wants, but she: CAPRICORN MAIDEN: Nej! Sluta! Sluta. (Swedish: No! Stop it! Stop.) Not like this! CAPRICORN MAIDEN: God natt, god natt! (Swedish: Good night, good night!) The punch goes to your head, the punch goes to your legs, the punch goes to your eyes. In his head, a tiny black bullet is spinning
44 44 MAN 3: Hey Hey - - nothing else. SOMEONE: Auriga seems to have passed out. The man is taken to bed. CAPRICORN MAIDEN: Jag vill sova i fred! Ni ska låsa in honom. (Swedish: I want sleep in peace! You must lock him in.) The Capricorn maiden wants us to lock the door from the outside. (lock, door slammed shut) MAN 1: In the dark room, the man wakes up. The door is locked from the outside. MAN 3: I want out! I want out! MAN 1: As a solution, he grabs a revolver.
45 45 And NOW! (a shot, glass shattering) MAN 1: He shoots into the darkness. Makes a hole in the world, penetrates darkness. But the darkness will not go away. MAN 3: I want out! Let me out! Boy in a quiet voice:...no MAN 3: Let me out! Let me out! MAN 1: How do I get out of here? (man weeps) MAN 3:...let me out...i want out! Let me out!...let me out...
46 46 ETUDE X: DREAMS OF EXILE (G, F-sharp, E, B, C, D, E-flat, F, A-flat and D-flat) BOY: The tenth etude. Dreams of exile. (the tenth piano etude begins) BOY: Open the door to the dance floor, there is music, dancers, mirror balls, mirrors, shattered glass on the floor, smoke, sequins, flashing lights... dreams of exile, dreams of exile, dreams of exile... MAN 3: Above the dancers, on a separate podium, a roe deer dancing. A cyborg. With metal supports round its thin legs. It dances a dance of its own, a dance of the forest, of iron, of metal, of an animal. Its shining black eyes sweep over the dancers, in its eyes light, smoke, sequins. dreams of exile, dreams of exile, dreams of exile... MAN 3: Above it all, untouchable, a deer, a cyborg. A dancing deer.
47 47 An animal and a machine. With long legs, legs of iron. Dancing through the world. dreams of exile, dreams of exile, dreams of exile...
48 48 ETUDE XI: LIGHT EMANATING FROM THE PAST Remix (G, F-sharp, E, B, C, D, E-flat, F, A-flat, D-flat and B-flat. In the end also A) BOY: The eleventh etude. Light emanating from the past. (the eleventh piano etude begins) MAN 1: Outer space. Elusive. A light emanates from the past, reaching the present. Now it's lit. (man lets out a shout, a car passes) MAN 1: It was always dark... (horse galloping by)...a light slicing the black road. The cold branches of maples drawing signs in the air.
49 49 AN 3: In the jigsaw puzzle, a thousand pieces. Star maps. Fluorescent pieces, glowing in the dark. Difficult to put together. boy in a quiet voice: deneb algedi......difficult (swallows, blowing on the window pane) Wallows. We used to say wallows. It was a most beautiful word. (dance floor) Dreams of exile, Dreams of exile, Dreams of exile... MAN 3: The girl's hair on my face... woman whispers: Dance, don't mean anything....presses tight. The dance goes to my head. Dreams of exile, Dreams of exile... (blind, fly in the window) Capricornus... POIKA: Capricorn? A deer?
50 50 Yes... Or originally a goat with the tail of a fish. (blind) MAN 1: A blind in the window, protection against the dark. On the blind, the entire universe. (horse) MAN 3: Once I found a notebook with black covers in the attic. Someone had written in it, torn pages out, crossed things out, left sentences uncompleted. Open the notebook with black covers. (jackdaws) MAN 3: Read. It says: MAN 1: He's just a reflection in the window, a window between him and the world. Once I was in a flat with just a single room. I slept next to the woman. I can't remember her name. I remember there was a maple growing in front of the window. The boy in a quiet voice: November
51 51 MAN 3: Then it says: There's a house in the middle of the forest. (footsteps, creaking) There's a green wall-to-wall carpet in the room. Grey with ashes. The thousand pieces of the universe on the floor. The stars shining in the dark, fluorescent lines... the boy in a quiet voice: light....a pale glow when you look in through the window. (helicopter, whistling) MAN 1: Gravity ends. The pieces rise up, finding each other, finding a meaning, forming an entity. Line joining another line... (horse galloping)...the pattern is complete, in the sky, Auguri, Alpha Centauri, Capricornus. The Southern Cross - whole, full, complete. MAN 3: And nothing left, just death without language, gone, escaped -
52 52 no more than thirty-nine years old... the boy in a quiet voice: What have you done? MAN 1: The eye of the deer like a frozen spring. I saw snowflakes melt in it. It snowed large, huge flakes. As if the entire space was floating down. the boy: deer, Capricorn, Capricornus...
53 53 ETUDE XII: DEATH WITHOUT LANGUAGE A folk tale (G, F-sharp, E, B, C, D, E-flat, F, A-flat, D-flat, B-flat and A) BOY: The twelfth etude. Death without language. (horse, car, scream, ambulance) (the twelfth piano etude begins) MAN 1: E - ee - e - NURSE: Shh- Shh MAN 3: NOW that you need words more than ever, you don't have any. MAN 1: E - E - E NURSE shhh -
54 54 MAN 1: Es - ss - Es - ss - Es ss NURSE Shhh- Shhh - MAN 3: The woman gives you something to drink, like helping a baby, from a sippy cup... MAN 1: es ss es ss - NURSE Shhh - MAN 3:...mouth full of something white. (man coughing) Swallow. You must swallow. You have no words. You spit it out, choking, you don't want to swallow buttermilk. (river flowing, birds, whistling)
55 55 BOY: A soldier was walking along the river, carefree, whistling, with a rifle on his shoulder. A woman was sitting on the river bank, an old washerwoman doing her work. The woman, old and grey like the mud in the riverbed, washing clothes in the river, scrubbing a long shirt, linen. Rinsing, rinsing the clothes. The soldier does not see the old woman, he's going downstream, stepping lighly. (man singing, laughing) BOY: The woman, grey like the mud in the riverbed, lifts the clothes from the water. She doesn't lift up the long shirt, the linen shirt. The soldier is terrified. (helicopter) MAN 3: On the way from one country to another, from one city to another... (boy's voice, speaking in an unintelligible language)...some day, a foreign country, strange people, a language you don't understand. And a star explodes in your head, light travels through, goes out. No connection, just muteness,
56 56 uncontrollable arms legs no connection. Completely at the mercy of others. In bed with no escape. MAN 1: cape - ape -ape -ape NURSE Shhh Shh- shhh In the mirror, your eyes, the child in his room... MAN 1: cape - ape - Cape -...pitch black outside. Only a blind in the window agaist the darkness. MAN 1: cape- ape- ape You're shut inside yourself. MAN 1: cape ape ape- Wa Wall Wallo - boy: butterflies burning
57 57 MAN 1: Wallo- (man singing, laughing, water flowing, birds) BOY: The woman, grey as the mud in the riverbed, lifts the washed clothes from the water. The soldier is terrified, he sees his own death. His pallid, bloodless ghost in the woman's hands. In his head, a gaping hole. (horse galloping by) BOY: Gone is the old woman, the washerwoman, grey like the mud in the riverbed. Her work is done. Oh, you soldier, young and carefree, how heavy your step now, how fearful your mind. The cold water goes on, keeps flowing in the riverbed. Gone is the soldier, young and carefree. (boy in a quiet voice:) Es es --es - MAN 1: Cape - Cape - ape - Boy: cape- ape -ape MAN 1: -nn -nn - Boy: -nn -nn - MAN 1: Es- Boy: cape ape -ape MAN 1:
58 58 Es - Es -Es Boy: with wings on fire Boy: butterflies against the window. They're burning MAN 1: Es - Es- Es MAN 3: So death comes in the middle of a strange country without language. In the end everything is left unsaid. The nurse is making you drink buttermilk, although you hate buttermilk more than anything. Boy: cape- ape ape- cape ape- I ETYDI: KAURIS, CAPRICORNUS (pianosta nuotti G) POIKA: Ensimmäinen etydi: Kauris, Capricornus. (pianoetydi 1 alkaa)
59 59 poika sanoo hiljaa: Kauris. Kauris. Kauris... MIES 1: Avaruus....Kauris. Capricornus... Menneisyydestä lähtee valo, joka saavuttaa nykyisyyden. kauris... dreams... Nyt se syttyy. (pisara, sade) Kuolema Jokin rasahtaa - kauris havahtuu marraskuun metsässä. Toistaiseksi kaikki on hyvin. Vieressä on pimeä metsä. Metsän märkä hiljaisuus. (auto maantiellä) MIES 1: Tämä on pako. Pakomatka. Mies ajaa. Musta tie. Musta jää. Valot halkovat pimeää.
60 60 (autossa sisällä:) Mitä? Vastaa. Mikset sä sano mitään? Mitä sulle on tapahtunu? Mihin sä viet meitä? Mitä? Vastaa. Mikset sä sano mitään? Mikset sä voi sanoa? Mitä sä oot tehny? Vai? Mitä? poika hiljaa:...kauris, kauris, kauris... Onko joku tehny sulle? Puhu mulle....kauris, kauris, kauris... MIES 1: Lapsi istuu takapenkillä, pimeässä. Lähimpänä avaruutta. poika: Kauris, Capricornus. Painaa kätensä ikkunaan. Lasi on kylmä. poika:...liiku aika Näkee oman kuvansa tiessä. (sade metsässä) MIES 1: Kauris metsässä, tip tip oksista tippuu vesi. Pysähtyy, kuuntelee, hiljaista. (moottoripyörä) (hevonen lähestyy laukaten, hevonen laukkaa ohi) MIES 1:
61 61 Metsän halki kulkee tie. Musta tie, musta jää. (autossa sisällä:) Mikä sulla on? Mitä sulle on tapahtunu? Vastaa. Mä pelkään sua. Sano jotakin. (pamahdus) Kauris metsän läpi. Säntä pakoon. Musta metsä, musta pako. Kauris loikkaa tielle, mustaan. Loikkaa valoon, häikäisyyn... (auto äkkijarruttaa)...tähtikirkkaus, metalli, romu - (tömäys autoon) Kuolema. Silmä sivupeilissä. Silmässä kyyneliä, syvä tuska. poika hiljaa: Mitä sinä olet tehnyt? Sydän lyö mustalla tiellä. Pysähtyy. (mies itkee hiljaa) (pianoetydi 1 loppuu) Tähdet valuvat hiljaa alas. Avaruus kutistuu. Valkoiset tähdet mustassa silmässä - silmä kuin jäätynyt lähde.