Carry on Tuesday,, prompt #127, is “The show must go on.”

I did a ten minute freewrite on “the show must go on,” and then, for the first time, I selected all my lines for the poem from the longer freewrite. I cut and pasted entire lines without adding or changing anything but the order of the lines and the tense of a few of the verbs. Not sure if it is a poem, but I like what the freewrite gave me.

by Mike Patrick

Flickr image by Darren Lum

The curtain is always open,
anyone can look in and see
the characters are flawed.
They stumble on their lines and squint into the light.
This is what we do . . .
what we have to do;
hide the wounds,
hide the tears,
paint on a face;
plow ahead,
recite words that have lost their meaning.
Tell a lie.
The end is never the end,
nor is it the beginning.
Appearance is everything.
The show must go on.

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12 Responses to THE SHOW MUST GO ON

  1. vivinfrance says:

    Great freewrite poem – did you find it liberating?

  2. geri=Mom says:

    i loved it….I love what happens when you just sit down and write. Life is a play, isn’t it…

  3. Nanka says:

    Lovely words and so true
    “hide the wounds,
    hide the tears,
    paint on a face;
    plow ahead,”
    For the show must go on in real life too!!

  4. Janet says:

    Mike, like you say, sentence length, meter, word choice. So important. You picked perfectly of each category. The imagery clear and profound. Yes, the show must go on. I’ve said on many occasions, life’s best actors are not in Hollywood:) We take our turn at scenes of disappoint, joy, love and sorrow, and each day by the grace of God go we…

  5. Very, very nice free write Mike, yes the show must always go on 🙂

  6. Loved it. How true your words speak. We must “the show” must go own” no matter what.


  7. It certainly worked! A delightul take on the prompt.

  8. love this, hide sadness and show joy,

    part of fact in life, well done.

  9. Morning says:

    creative job…


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