Curtain Up

Many years ago I was in a school play. (Though mine was a small non speaking role I’m told it was pivotal in the play winning an All Ireland Irish language competition 🙂). Our daughter is involved in her school’s performance of Alice in Wonderland. We went to see it last night, it was fantastic. Really, some effort by all involved. It brought back some memories…

Curtain Up

A soft barrier moves in wisps,
dark green, precursor to invasion.
A doorway, fantasy’s occasion,
accompanied by crunching crisps
and plastic prone to persuasion.

Building two sides the expectation.
We without sit and wonder
as those within last minute under
darkness practice, so recitation
be pure and devoid of blunder.

And low the lights fade around.
We inhale prepared for all
and are bewitched, big and small.
Mystery’s cloak leaves the ground,
the unknown us has enthralled.

The characters enter one by one,
inviting us into their story.
Each line said a private glory
for youthful players as undone
anxiety is in fantastic furore.

Yet a character unseen remains
off stage, hidden, happily heard.
Voices on high would be absurd
without music. Her skilled refrains
lead to scenes joyfully altered.

Till at the end, the curtains fall
and we exit wonder land.
Alice takes us by the hand
back into an old school hall
and magic better we understand.


About divilthebit

Husband/father/musician (guitar, banjo) singer/songwriter/poet, storyteller, writer ( Irish speaker, B&B proprietor
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