by Mario Șerban
(Sisyphus sits on a stone block beside a stream. He glances over it, spotting a strange figure on the opposite shore)
SISYPHUS(Elated): Hello over there, my fellow friend! May I help you?
TANTALUS: Greetings camarade! I am looking for a stone.
(Sisyphus scratches his head. After a few moments of silence he sighs)
TANTALUS: Have you thought about it?
SISYPHUS: About what?
TANTALUS: About the stone.
SISYPHUS: You look familiar.
TANTALUS: I can say the same thing about you.
SISYPHUS: I am Sisyphus.
TANTALUS: Of course you are! I am Tantalus!
SISYPHUS: Of course I am!
TANTALUS(Disappointed): Well, that must be baneful.
TANTALUS(Laughing): Pretending to exist
SISYPHUS: So, the stone.
SISYPHUS: How does it look.
TANTALUS(Gesturing impatient): Round and big. Last time I have seen the stone, it was falling down the valley.
SISYPHUS(Confused): I have no clue.
TANTALUS: Thereby, you can not help me?
SISYPHUS: Of course I can! I have the answer!
(Tantalus waiting for the answer)
TANTALUS(Shouting): What is the answer?
SISYPHUS: I do not know.
TANTALUS: You claim owning the answer, meanwhile you do not know it?
TANTALUS: Now all does make sense.
SISYPHUS: How so?
TANTALUS: If nothing makes sense at all, there is nothing to be wrong, therefore meaningless and absurdism sprinkled with nothingness is the root of a happy existence.
SISYPHUS: Would you mind if I drink some water?
TANTALUS(Disturbed): I would prefer not to.
SISYPHUS: Why not?
TANTALUS: Wine is healthier.
TANTALUS: Of course it is! We need some bread.
SISYPHUS(Wrathful): That’s mockery!
TANTALUS: Ambrosia? It’s edible and you can drink it too.
SISYPHUS: It’s only for gods.
TANTALUS: You could be one of them.
SISYPHUS: Everyone could be.
SISYPHUS: Would you mind if I ask you something?
TANTALUS: You already did it.
SISYPHUS: Oh, right. Silly me.
TANTALUS: Very silly.
SISYPHUS: Such foolish.
TANTALUS: Very foolish!
SISYPHUS: You know what else is foolish?
TANTALUS: I have a sketchy idea.
SISYPHUS: Having desires. Seeking for a reason to overwhelm your nonsense.
TANTALUS: Well, that has to be miserable.
SISYPHUS: Sorrowfully, humanity’s grievances are not concerning what we do while living. It’s all about death and decay.
TANTALUS: I used to be in touch with humanity.
SISYPHUS: Didn’t we all?
TANTALUS: Does this make us inhuman?
SISYPHUS: You have two legs.
TANTALUS: As you can see.
SISYPHUS: Two hands.
TANTALUS: I can relate.
SISYPHUS: And a head.
TANTALUS: This is fallacy.
SISYPHUS: What does it really mean to be human?
TANTALUS: Beeing free to do anything and moral at the same time.
SISYPHUS: Humanity doesn’t come with morality.
TANTALUS: What about freedom? Liberty? And free will?
SISYPHUS: A hoax perpetrated. You are free to know that you are the prisoner of own desires. One must imagine man not being deceived by himself.
TANTALUS: Do you feel any kind of aversion regarding humanity?
SISYPHUS: Ceaslessly. The resemblance between humanity and ignorance is limpid enough to let the disdain glistening and glowing over fulfillment.
TANTALUS(Sighs): Still, the stone. Where is the stone?
SISYPHUS: The stone?
TANTALUS: Yes. The stone.
SISYPHUS: That stone which is round and big?
SISYPHUS: The one which was falling down the valley?
SISYPHUS: You won’t believe me if I tell you.
TANTALUS(Unpatient): Do it!
SISYPHUS: Are you sure?
TANTALUS: Of course I am!
SISYPHUS: Now who is pretending to exist?
TANTALUS(Resentful): You tell me or not?
TANTALUS(Wrathful): Where is the stone!?
SISYPHUS(Calm): I don’t know.
TANTALUS: Then what you were about to say regarding the stone.
SISYPHUS: I forgot.
(Suddenly, after all huffing and puffing, Tantalus becomes calm and rational)
TANTALUS: We all forget things.
SISYPHUS: I would like to forget my eternal damnation and forsake my curse of living.
TANTALUS: What keeps you alive?
TANTALUS: What kind of damnation you have?
SISYPHUS(Smiling): Every day, I am condemned to roll a stone up to a hill and watch it fall. Every sweat drip is hopeless. My fate is to swing ceaslessly between two chasms. Henceforth, my verdict is to find meaning in suffering and futility. I am Sisyphus.
TANTALUS: You’re smiling.
TANTALUS: You must be happy.
SISYPHUS: They say so.
TANTALUS: Where is the stone?
SISYPHUS(Confused): I have no clue.