And another poem: The Approaching Cue

Wait in the shadows

Stay out of busy paths

If the prop’s not yours, don’t touch

Wait

Listen

Follow the rhythm of each scene

Act

Moment

And then it’s time…

Creep behind the set

Legs quiver and palms damp

Heart pattering rapidly

Review the words

Prepare to speak

Deep breaths to calm the nerves

Timing is everything 

Volume on top

Enunciate and emote

Eyes, lips, body language

Within the bubble of the stage

The words flow within 

A vein of expression

A ribbon of type

A stream of thoughts

My turn to voice

Show

Share

Live

And then the moment ends

Exit smoothly

Breathe normally 

Assess and evaluate 

And wait again

Grinning.

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