theatre (4)

an episodically published poem
link to beginning


many of Shakespeare’s plays
were based on the history
or the monarchy
so: take a known story
use the characters
without having to love them
then you can kill them off
at leisure without being
a sociopath

Kill a cruel dictator
without danger
without sin
without fear of revenge
kill a lover
kill a saint
be a serial murderer
on paper
on the stage
run with it
the is no retribution

find a nice all-
round person who never
harmed anyone
say Job
and ruin his life
but that’s been done
but you can do it again

no remorse
just fun
touch a nerve
watch the audience howl
that’s what playwrights do
just look into history
for real fun.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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2 Responses to theatre (4)

  1. drewgold says:

    i really liked the third stanza, but i liked it all around. goodjob as always..

  2. riverwriter says:

    drewgold: thank you for commenting. This theatre project is fun for me. I was not certain that anyone would want to read it, but what the heck: blogs can be as self-indulgent as the blogger wants. I really like the ability that this format gives me to explore any themes I want to; this theatre project, for example, is an intriguing opportunity to take a desultory look at a world that has always fascinated me from my perspective in community theatre, with some tentrils into the professional realm. I think today’s poem is going to be a dramatic interior monologue by an actor in rehearsal. Having said that, I wonder if I can pull it off: I have to make hay while the sun shines: today is going to be sunny, and I have a deck to finish planking . . . .

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