Up Close and Personal

In this dramatic monologue, HOUSTON talks to a woman about the wrong doing done to him in his young past and how he feels about it nowadays.

HOUSTON:  I can’t do it.  I’ve thought about it, for quite some time and I won’t do it.  Not because it isn’t in my heart to do it, you see?  But because I never appreciated the wrongs that were done to me throughout those vital years.  Now you expect me to show up like everything’s alright?  I’m sorry, but I can’t and I won’t because what was done to me early on should never have happened…I should have been handled differently because I was a different case and he knew it…I was kept there, captive, like some kind of guinea pig, some kind of experiment, rather than set free to fly.

Don’t you see this madness?  You can turn your cheek and shield yourself from the truth because it’s safe.  I’m the one who has to live with it because I was too young to come to terms with it and understand what was going on…until my time had passed.  At least, that time had passed.

Now you expect me to come by like I am still blind?  It’s not gonna happen.  I’m too busy moving forward, giving myself a new chance to get where I belong and maybe then, when I get there, I can figure out a way to forgive.  Actually no, wait, I do forgive, I do, I do…I just don’t have time to acknowledge any of you anymore in the up close and personal sense…

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