If the whole world is a stage then I’m a stooge
Failing to engage with my given role,
But it was you whole stole my limelight under the stage lights
I lost count of the stage frights, the false starts, the poison chalice of performance arts.
I’m not considering this audience, they are mere ornaments
Grounding me to each shifting reality I take on
Here in this undeserving platform
Where we worship the wish to escape, the innate desire to further rekindle the fire
Without thinking, I’m sinking my teeth into the lead:
The previous player had been drinking heavily while your heavenly, hypnotic blinking
Displays the pinnacle of professionalism, it’s almost poetic:
So count the beats and practice your lines to an auditorium of empty seats
But nothing can compete with the real thing
In your hand holds a sword and I feel so judged and exposed
For the fraud that I am.
Toward the prop I am facing while my heart is racing and you thrust forward
Flesh encasing the steel. If what I feel isn’t real then how can I be certain
That we’ll cease the acting after every final curtain.