Nebraska – Haiku Review

On an epic quest

To find pretend winnings and

An air compressor

 

Woody looks like my

Relatives in thirty years

Highly unnerving

 

Family of owls

Really, they all look like birds

A strange casting choice

 

Fiesty grandmas and

And incoherent old men

Sure-fire Oscar wins

 

These actors are great

I wonder where they found them

Funeral parlors?

 

Secretly wonder

If this is based on Shakespeare

King Lear on the farm

 

The soundtrack recalls

Little Miss Sunshine – peppy

An odd disconnect

 

Landscape would be gray

Even without black and white

Midwest is ugly

 

By the halfway point

I’m desperate for color

Black and white not needed

 

Half the shots are stills:

Vacant countryside, small towns

Aimless locals

 

If you like dive bars

Or enjoy heavy drinking

Head to Nebraska

 

It’s all very quaint

But a fierce reminder too:

That life would kill me

 

If Woody were kin

Wouldn’t indulge in his quest

I would put him down

 

If I end up in

Middle America

Please just put me down

 

If I find myself

Unsteady and forgetful

Please just put me down

 

If conversations

Revolve solely around cars

Please just put me down

 

If I end up as

A saucy old grandmother

That would be just fine

 

Nebraska’s true theme:

Just enjoy the simple things

Like senility

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