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our world is often viewed as a grand stage
where we perform our stunning acts
only to leave our place of presentation
to live in memory
we forgot a crucial part-
of this grand metaphor

for the performers
it is an isolation
when the concert begins the lights dim
and the divine audience vanishes from view
and the only thing to be aware of is the performance

the audience is just a dream
they are invisible to you-
they hide behind dark shadows
in comfortable seats
while they observe and judge your doings

now the performers are aware of this unreachable mass
as they perform for its entertainment
and let them look on with all their hearts desire
whilst the performers must stay in a state of unimaginable perfection
or risk unthinkable ridicule

as the bright lights of the stage blind you
and you gaze out into the inky blackness
hoping for some kind of recognition
and when you get that thunderous applause
it is the best and most satisfying kind of euphoria

this is the same with all of us
we all hope to find something outside of this terrestrial stage
and find a higher being
another kind entity in this vast universe
so we shout into the void
hoping for someone to shout back

this has one unbearable obstacle
unlike a gracious audience-
politely applauding-
and dithering about
you can never be sure-

that it’s not just an empty auditorium

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thegirlnamed24 said...
Jan. 16 at 8:04 pm:
I really liked your poem it reminds me a lot of William Shakspeares all the worlds a stage
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Jan. 17 at 1:39 pm :
Wow, that's a huge cmpliment. I am reallly glad you like it.
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MasochistThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 16 at 1:09 pm:
Editors choice and no feedback yet? sheesh people, anyways. Great job, the metephor is hugley accurate and well prtrayed, as well as the subtle but distinct emotion
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Jan. 17 at 1:49 pm :
Thank you, I spent a lot of time thinking about it. My poems, like this one, are a result of me spending a lot of time thinking at random times when I should be doing smothing else..
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