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The Performance

by Roger Crique (Age: 60)
copyright 08-10-2005

Age Rating: 10 +

You wear it well, but it doesn’t fit you!
Alone on this grand old stage filled with actors;
your smile, ever wider than life, fills the amphitheater.
But I’ve watched you, as you've wiped your tears!

You wear it well; but your eyes are showing!
You never forget your lines; you were always on cue,
So unlike the rest of us in our dull performance!
Destined you are, for an Oscar; for playing, “life in this play called death!”

Take a bow....
Please, take another bow!
What an Actress!
What a performance!
Bravo! Bravo!

And when the curtain falls;
And the audience begs for an encore,
You can untie the strings,
and you can let go.
You can finally remove your mask!

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        09-08-2005     Regina Pate        

I am a very responsive person, I used to play many roles, a wife, a mother, a sister, a student, a daughter... but me as a person, who knows, I never thought about that so I just think about who I want to be and in a sense that is who I am - A work in progress.

        08-12-2005     Rene Laris        

Alot of people wear masks on this stage called life. Many are unable to remove it. So sad.

        08-11-2005     James Shammas        

All the world's a stage..


        08-10-2005     Anthony Lane Stahlhut        

Yes and some wear their mask so well that at the end of the day they must ask, 'Who am I?" Some wear them home and continue the masquerade, but if your not careful in the end it won't be a life, it will be an act! Another good one, Anthony

        08-10-2005     David Pekrul        

Reminds me of the part in "Phantom of the Opera", called 'Masquerade'. They say that all the world's a stage. Some people wear the mask their whole lives, acting the way people expect them too, without ever letting the real person show through.
Very good write.

        08-10-2005     Debra Rose        

I went to an arts academy in Jr. high, where I was an acting major. I used to love the stage. Got lead roles almost all the time. Adored being another person, but the hardest thing was taking off the mask after it was all over. Learning to stop pretending.

I love the line "Your smile, ever wider than life, fills the amphitheater."

A true vision that made me remember the passion I felt on stage. The joy of the standing ovation.

Great job

        08-10-2005     Roger Crique        

Oops! I meant, bow! Thanks, Brian!

        08-10-2005     Brian Dickenson        

A very interesting piece. I like it.
I can see, or I think that I can, the allergory to life.
One thing that puzzles me. Do you mean vow, or bow.

        08-10-2005     Holly Dart        

Very well done, I liked this one as well. It seems your work is really well planned out, & I look forward to reading more of your work.

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