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At this stage…#morningcoffeesessions

At this stage

At this stage I enjoy the heavy dust-coated black velvet curtains hanging in the wings like wings how the shadows are less dense less ominous less horror film more musical drama

At this stage I accept the empty dust-coated red velvet seats with cushions expanding softness under the feathery weight of closures how the shows now go on in living rooms home offices and weed-wild backyards

At this stage every space every street every angle every page is a stage
adaptation is co-producing and co-writing the plot lines I exhale
quiet is taking lead roles cautiously dipping her toes into the
pocket of spot light at the centre of my days and nights

Sometimes she dances a jig
sometimes she sways like a tree
sometimes she falls to her knees and weeps
each tear a hug ungiven a kiss unmet a message undelivered
but then the shadows gather her in their strong knowing and
toss her into the air as the golden lights on the ceiling
crackle on to the rhythm of her giggles –
quiet always lands on her feet like a confident kitten

The best is when the stage is fully lit –
the sagging backdrops the peeling paint the old sofa the fake ficus
pull up their chins and smile

At this stage the show goes on and on
deep in the throat of a dusky yawn
on the tender hip of a lazy dawn
and my heart makes mountains of what is gone…


Wherein I start rhyming a poem only in the last stanza…


On the shoulder of this gorgeous blue-sky morning, I bid you happy Monday.

One thought on “At this stage…#morningcoffeesessions

  1. love this Vanessa… the theatre images are so vivid to me. your poems always astound me…

    On Mon, 20 Jul 2020 at 11:51, VANESSA SHIELDS, writer wrote:

    > Vanessa Shields posted: “At this stage At this stage I enjoy the heavy > dust-coated black velvet curtains hanging in the wings like wings how the > shadows are less dense less ominous less horror film more musical drama At > this stage I accept the empty dust-coated red velvet s” >

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