Monthly Archives: July 2015

Loud Quiet

The second-hand on a garage sale clock faithfully rounds its monotonous journey without applause. The refrigerator hums its steady song, punctuated with an occasional gurgle yet never interrupting the low vibrato  background. The ceiling fan spins dizzily without a spotter, cooling the flashes of midlife warmth. That old laptop given (back) to me by my marine son breathes an intermittent gasp, perhaps thankful for a contented life on a desk rather than a tent in Afghanistan. A reliable click from the watchful thermostat signals the a/c on call that faithfully answers without protest. And the old kitchen chair filling in at the desk offers no complaint as it creaks with my leaning and turning. I thought the lonely night seemed silent, but the longer I listen, the louder the quiet. PS©2015



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Stages, Spotlights & Scripts

One day the curtain of your life will rise and all theatrics shall be revealed. Your story may flow along smoothly at first but the plot will eventually thicken and climactic events will demand action from you, its main character.

A lonely spotlight will shine, waiting for your presence, anticipating dialogue. But, you will ignore your cue, refusing to take your place. Instead, you’ll slip behind the scenes, blending in with the backstage chaos.

You will sweat and pace while your shaking hands keep rhythm with the beat of your anxious heart pounding inside your chest. In a prideful attempt to dismiss your stage-fright insecurities, you will improvise with criticism of your cast and crew, delivering impromptu accusations and murmuring insults about drama queens.

All the while, in your absence, the braver performers, who understand the show must go on, will boldly take the stage with commanding character. Happy-ending believers will rewrite the script and from a dark, lonely corridor, the audience’ applause will baffle your unbelieving mind. Curtain calls will echo encores while understudies and unknowns bow, humbly in the spotlight of their success.

Sad is the actor who ignores his cue then blames others for rewriting the story.

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