Your Actress

October 17, 2008
By Alexa Campos, Parker, CO

Your Actress

She is the character that she portrays,
And your stage defines her personality.
Yet she removes the mask every day.

But, “She’s different,” you say.
No! Your stage tells her who to be.
She is the character that she portrays.

Your actress cries for hands to save—
Hands to show her reasons to be seen
When she removes that mask every day.

The actress who stands before and audience to say,
That they are what makes her real,
When she is the character that she portrays.

The actress who takes pride in what she plays;
A character of substance that she pretends to be.
Yet she removes the mask every day.

Your actress who soul has begun to decay,
‘Cause she cannot bring out who you want her to be.
She is the character that she portrays,
After she removes that mask every day.


The author's comments:
This is a poem written in Villanelle style, where the first and last lines of the stanza are repeated throughout the following five stanzas.

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