"Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness."
Khalil Gibran

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bit Part

An Actress with a Mask
Eva Gonzales
19th Century Impressionism

Maybe this happens to all adults:
The dawning realization
that the life you have so pains-
takingly achieved
is a sham.
You are going through
motions of teacher, lover,
mother, friend
and even worse,
you don’t know what
this ‘life’ is really
supposed to be.

The role you have played
has become the part.


Words Count with Mama Zen


  1. Love this, I just heard on the radio about a director speaking against method acting. That it's gone to far when we've ceased the actor for the role... and what a coincidence that your poem says the same about life.

  2. You are right. Take heed to your own words. I see the waves of my life.

  3. Oh yes, Terry. Just like it can be. Before I quit engineering at NASA to teach I was programing a computer to decomutate telemetry data from the space station into an analog form to drive the meters (like a petro gauge). I still have nightmares that the program would not do the job correctly. I left that work for the college before the computers came so the program had ever run.

  4. Indeed. Many times we go around telling ourselves that we are more than the sum of our roles, then we really look and can't quite figure out what "the sum" actually is. It must be a sign of growing up... I hope.

  5. So true but also true is the discovery of this reality by the person behind the mask ;)

  6. Scary as the thought might be, there might be some consolation too in peeking behind the mask and stage curtain. Many more identities, revealings, vaults and islands behind and inside, and a book of poems for each!

  7. I think we all experience this in our lives, more than once, and sometimes it's a struggle to carry on. But we do. If we didn't, we wouldn't be writing. :)

  8. This is exactly what I needed to read this morning, Kerry. Thank you.

  9. Super human and very moving, Kerry, and so amazingly succinct.

    1. But sometimes one realizes one is not that unhappy with the role-- there's that hope of sorts. K.

  10. hard to find the line between public and private self


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