Age Range: 30s - Late
Dialects: Standard American
AuthorName: Charles L. Mee
Eras: CONTEMPORARY, 1951-2000
Rating: Contains adult content
Copyright Status: Public domain
There was a time long ago, in prehistoric times when cicadas were human beings... back...View Full Monologue Text
There was a time long ago, in prehistoric times when cicadas were human beings... back before the Muses were born. And then when the Muses were born and song came into being some of these human creatures were so taken by the pleasure of it that they sang and sang and sang. And they forgot to eat or drink, they just sang and sang and so, before they knew it, they died.
And from those human creatures a new species came into being: the cicadas. And they were given this special gift from the Muses: that from the time they are born, they need no nourishment. They just sing continuously, caught forever in the pleasure of the moment without eating or drinking... until they die.
This is the story of love. If you stay there forever in that place, you die of it.
That's why people can't stay in love.
But that's how I've loved you. And how I love you now. And how I always will.
Frank is married to Maria. Maria is having an affair with Francois, and Frank is having an affair with Edmund. Edmund feels ignored by Frank, who seems to be choosing his marriage. He knows Maria will choose Francois, so he feels that Frank is making the wrong choice.