The Ever-Changing Theatre

December 6, 2008
By Charlotte Smith, Hydeville, VT

Spotlight illuminates a lonely stage
Curtains with looming anticipation
Wait for feet to hit and stomp faux rage
Acting their part with fortification
Pointe powder remains; ground into the floor
Hairspray lingers in quiet dressing rooms
Some particular smells none can ignore
Hectic by day; Nighttime lifeless, a tomb
Janitor mops away ghosts of the act
Paint over walls decorated with life
Performance dates, stomachs constrict, contract
Curtain calls bring hearts to fly like small kites
Contrary to change, the lives they live through
Send fame along and bid fortune adieu

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