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The curtain rises.
On stage, I take my place.
The audience looks restless. Spotlight shines
on my face. Rich adrenaline courses through
my veins. My brain reacts to the endorphins, I
become high once again. Molecules intensify,
heat rises up my spine. Must play my role with
conviction, must remember all my lines. Must
make them love me. Oh God, I know this part so
well. I'm lost in character now. I must be back in
hell. The last scene is over. Wait for their applause.

Crowd shrieks with laughter, pointing their fingers
like sharpened claws. What is so damn amusing?
This is not a fucking comedy. This is a serious act,
a sick tragedy. The laughter grows louder, harsher
and more cruel. I flush, embarrassed with dread, my
mouth begins to drool. A warm liquid streams down my
leg. “How pathetic!” someone yells. I stand consumed in
shame. I gave my best performance ever, why am I
to blame? They should be cheering instead of booing and
shouting out obscenities. My mind is numb, my lips
are frightened, frozen are my extremities. Amidst all the

humiliation, amidst all the taunts and jeers, death would
be a welcomed annihilation, gone would be my fear. In
one lucid moment, time seems to stand still, a wave of
peace envelopes my being, washing away layers of
pseudo pride and hidden guilt. I remain standing naked,
revealing my soul. No more costume, no more script, no
more starring role. The lights go dim now. A great silence
sweeps over the crowd. The theater is quiet like an empty
tomb. The script falls from my hand. I smile. And with
aplomb, I take my final bow. The last act is over.
The curtain falls.

©Adele L Nieto June 6, 2007

"Until the juice ferments a while in the cask,
it isn't wine. If you wish your heart to be bright, you must do a little work." Rumi

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The following comments are for "Last Act"
by eleda

I think this poem should be classified under this category. You are explaining exactly how you feel with the words that directly describe your feelings. All I have to add is that you should choose. Choose between explaining the true emotion, or making it subtle.

Nice read. I really like this one.

( Posted by: Siah [Member] On: March 21, 2006 )

Thank you for taking the time to read and post your comment. Your assessment is much appreciated and as far as what you said about expressing subtlety or raw emotion, well I try to be as real as possible but sometimes it just doesn't come out that way. This poem was a real bear to write, perhaps it needs something more, I don't know...again, thank you!

( Posted by: eleda [Member] On: March 22, 2006 )

Cool I like the imagrey really good job, I could feel the embarassment and the worries of you...wiked man LOL hehe Peace

( Posted by: twistymisty [Member] On: March 23, 2006 )

Hey, thanks a lot for stopping by and for your comment. I've enjoyed reading your poetry so your compliment is deeply appreciated. Cheers!

( Posted by: eleda [Member] On: March 23, 2006 )

Really Great!
Hi! I loved this one a lot.That shows in my rating too.

Take care...keep posting.


( Posted by: G.S.VASUKUMAR [Member] On: March 24, 2006 )

final bow
MORE!I love your passion for life and the way
you express it with your words.Keep writing.

( Posted by: whilst [Member] On: March 25, 2006 )

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