Tuesday Tunes – Poetry Through Music, #17, 2016

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[Image by Julien Oppenheim, sourced from Pinterest]

[Inspired by Ane Brun’s “Do You Remember?”, discovered via Spotify’s “Coffee House Cool” playlist:]

The close, draw of curtains across this act –

not the play; life is long for the lucky.

Dim of lights and the make-up

becomes a weight against skin

desperate to breathe, drenched in effort’s

sweat.  Hard to smile when ruby lips

spread to opposite side of face and eyes

become black tears sliding down to cheeks

rosy with fatigue.  No encore here.

The role is done, dead after that last

tragic scene.  Self-bought flowers for the star.

[Copyright © N R Nolan 2016]