Barefoot Poetry

SS Matthews

Stage Fright

10 Comments

Act one- The curtain rises
As I step upon the stage,
Practiced lines delivered swift
Bear not the grace of age.

My message honed to sharply grant
A murderous impact-
Her lustful sighs prepares their eyes
For my soliloquy in black.

The girl is gone
She’s living out a play some other wrote.
The gown of dreams has frayed to threads
Transparent and remote.

Act two- Reveals me stranded,
Feet frozen to the planks.
This poisoned heart in silence now
Remembers how to break.

Act three- Is my decision
To spill her tainted wine.
Surrender sweet inertia
And falter not my rhyme.

Stage fright is the final act
To the folly of my ways.
The curtain hangs
And taunts me with
The cruelty of days.

The audience grows restless,
This drama I must cease.
At last the velvet ax descends
To close this tragic piece.

SS Matthews

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Author: SSMatthews

Author of The Moon and Rowan Wolfe and Wolfe's Banes.

10 thoughts on “Stage Fright

  1. another gem by you Mr M, these lines are pure perfection

    She’s living out a play some other wrote.
    The gown of dreams has frayed to threads
    Transparent and remote.

    and kudos to your blog redesign, especially that header photo.

  2. I did enjoy the different scenes in this poem. Interesting that stage fright is the final scene. I like the metaphor of ‘the velvet ax.’

  3. ha. enchanting cadence to this and an interesting progression through the acts…cool use of language as well in the end, the velvet axe…that works…plays well off the stage fright….

  4. This is so cleverly written… a life as a drama, and as often is a great tragedy.. an end with velvet axe .. the rhymes worked very well too

  5. Your lines crisp,clear, and candid,set the stage well but stage fright can loom large for even the most seasoned performers. Quick reflexes are best to avoid the hook and velvet axe alike! Cool write!

  6. Good meter and rhyme. “This poisoned heart in silence now Remembers how to break” Great descriptors, Those who know how this feels will especially understand your meaning.

  7. nice write..liked the playing out of one’s life in scenes..nice flow..tight lines..

  8. Brilliantly executed Scott!

  9. …as a former stage actor i can relate to the horror of stage fright… not an easy thing to kill… well played… smiles…

  10. I love this poem! It’s easy to relate to and it conveys the emotions of stage fright. Fantastic!

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