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On Stage I Didn't Know You

January 20, 2010
By SarahVanS SILVER, Blakeslee, Pennsylvania
SarahVanS SILVER, Blakeslee, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Confidence is the key to all the locks" -- Joe Paterno, Penn State Football Head Coach

On stage I didn’t know you,
As if the words they gave you
Changed you.
And your cheap gaudy costumes
Fit you perfectly.
You’d wear them to all the fashionable

Because you had nothing else.
The stage became your life
And suddenly
You forgot all the lines for the

Of reality.
So you chose to stay behind the curtain
Where the critics couldn’t get to you.
Your caked-on mask
Would hide your face anyway.
I’ll leave you to dance
In your ragged dress
And to memorize the lines to your life.

The author's comments:
As someone who is very active in the performing arts, I found the imagery and energy that came out in this poem rather cathartic.

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