Empty Space

bypushkine©

I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage.
—Peter Brook


Acoustics so fine
that Hamlet hears each yawn and sigh
emerging from the audience

as he recites
those too-familiar lines of moody character.
One hears the sneers drop,

not the pins. The pressure of those eyes
deflate the lungs of air
and character

as if Shaw's drawing room sat in Nepal,
high on a narrow ledge
in air too thin for breath,

or that Hedda Gabler shot herself
in some mall window, as display.
But here, in this quiet, with just the scrape

of my shoes over the stage,
I stare up at that masked, single spot
clamped to some rod in Heaven.

And when I see where it shines,
I know why actors stand here:
Because it shines on me.



Survivor Poetry Contest
Trigger 40, Poet's Choice (Free Verse)

Report Story

bypushkine© 2 comments/ 891 views/ 0 favorites

Share the love

Report a Bug

1 Pages:1

Please Rate This Submission:

Please Rate This Submission:

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Please wait
Recent
Comments
by Anonymous

If the above comment contains any ads, links, or breaks Literotica rules, please report it.

There are no recent comments (2 older comments) - Click here to add a comment to this poem or Show more comments or Read All User Comments (2)

Add a
Comment

Post a public comment on this submission (click here to send private anonymous feedback to the author instead).

Post comment as (click to select):

You may also listen to a recording of the characters.

Preview comment

Forgot your password?

Please wait

Change picture

Your current user avatar, all sizes:

Default size User Picture  Medium size User Picture  Small size User Picture  Tiny size User Picture

You have a new user avatar waiting for moderation.

Select new user avatar:

   Cancel