Aging Actor

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #199

words:  cue, held, track, saintly, angel, science, act, crack, wrestle, memory, empty, pebbles

Comes up empty
for the last two lines
of the first act.
Director holds his breath.
Whispered cue gets him
back on track. Cast hopes
he will not crack
mid-show. Science of
the mind being less than perfect,
forces him to wrestle
with his memory. Like a child
throwing pebbles at a window,
sometimes you hear a ding,
sometimes you miss. Tonight
angels smile down on him;
he finishes with a flourish.
Not encouraged by the save,
Mr. Michael St. Lee, producer
of the show is already thinking
of replacing the actor,
not wishing to come up empty
of profit.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to Aging Actor

  1. oldegg says:

    Older and more experienced actors know to ‘ad lib’ in such a situation or mime to the audience. He may be due for a ‘rest’. I have seen stumbled lines but not the blank stare…that even embarrasses the audience.

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  2. 1sojournal says:

    Although I used to read my poetry aloud in public, I was always frightened about forgetting where I was at and stumbling through the most important lines. Your story poem, well written, is so very easy to relate to. I’m not sure, at my present age, I would attempt to do such a thing,



  3. jae rose says:

    Exit stage right…i suppose that day comes for all of us eventually…when are no longer of good value or use younger replacements will be sort after – sorry not wishing to be cynical…because it’s an excellent poem and perspective..

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  4. Nice job setting a scene! The last two lines should always deliver a punch. Can’t blame the director. The last two lines. Really?! 😉

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  5. Sometimes I hear a ‘ding’; sometimes I don’t. An occupational hazard called ‘life’, lol. Good to run into you, haphazardly, again, Purple. I always enjoy reading you.


  6. megzone says:

    heyy thats a nice idea!! a movie set! who wouldve thought! 🙂


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