A Player

A Player

A Poem by Joyce S. Greene
"

I sit alone on an ill-lit stage . . .

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I miss you
you've been gone a while now
but your voice still echoes
along the byways of my mind
coloring skies of September
with melancholy hues

These days I sit alone
on an ill-lit stage
waiting for a stagehand
to raise the heavy curtains
and introduce the next act
starring you and me
performing lonely soliloquies

There you sit with your back
leaning towards mine
yet just a whisper away
I hear questions asked
never answered
and answers to questions
never asked

Sometimes I reply with tears
others with well rehearsed responses
I am a player still waiting
to replay yesterday



© 2013 Joyce S. Greene



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Joyce S. Greene
Graphic credit: Bing Images

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Oh I couldn't help but think that All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players. Your poem rewinds but what it wants to to is rewrite. Sometimes we get stuck in that loop of the past and we always leave saturated with disappointment. I found your imagery to be really strong and wanted a different ending for you even though I knew it was not to be.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thanks, Anne, for your very thoughtful review. If only it were possible to redo a scene from our pas.. read more



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If Bing Images caused this...that's amazing. But anyways.
Performing lonely soliloquies
Drew a beautiful (anddd also saddening) image in mind. Thanks for the read

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks for reading and reviewing my poem, Kai. I appreciate your very kin words.
This is a really nice piece about regret and longing, and wondering what if I had done such and such. Don't we all ...

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks, KL. Yes, we all have our regrets and, hopefully, can let them go and move forward without t.. read more
This was a truly beautiful, melancholy piece, rimmed with sorrow yet spellbinding greatness. Indeed, all of life is a stage, and love a play.

I found these lines particularly appealing:

I hear questions asked
never answered
and answers to questions
never asked

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks again, Gleb. You are a good friend.
Gleb Zavlanov

3 Years Ago

Thank you for your kind reviews and replies.
There is a quiet meditation in this poem. It speaks about the moments when the person you miss occupies your mind. Those moments can feel lonely and yet we need them to either move on or reconcile the relationship. Just beautiful..

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Eddie. Your kind thoughts mean a lot to me.
"well rehearsed" scenarios in our minds never coming to fruition as the act fades to black. The abundance here is not of hope, yet in the distance a light, no matter how dim. Time and ink well spent in this write Joyce. Tom

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks, Tom. Your words warm my heart.
Such a sad poem Joyce and yet so beautifully written..
I could feel the pain and the loneliness in your words. You have touched my heart with this one my friend.
:) Julie

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Julie. I really appreciate your reviews. It's getting very late (I have to be up at 5),.. read more
This is saturated with sadness and melancholy on the world or lover's stage from one act to the next unravelling the true meanings of things , raising heavy weights from souls , rehearsing for the next challenge of it all...A great write...:).....................

Posted 4 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Sami. I very much appreciate your reading my words and leaving such insightful comments.. read more
Sami Khalil

4 Years Ago

My pleasure...Any time...:)................
I was captivated from the start - I hate missing people and wishing for the 'next act'.

This poem touched my heart in a way I am not sure how to describe.
All I know is that all the words are beautiful and that I feel them.

My heart broke at the end though:
'Sometimes I reply with tears
others with well rehearsed responses'

A poignant write, Joyce.
You made the feelings so tangible for me.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Clara

4 Years Ago

You are most welcome, you are such a versatile writer! You can write about funny things, sad things .. read more
Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Lola. I hadn't noticed that you'd put it in your library before. My mind doesn't functi.. read more
Clara

4 Years Ago

Hahaha, that's okay. It's for my reading pleasure entirely!
I appreciate your friendship als.. read more
Joyce, this piece is so sad and lonely. I could picture her on that dark stage, whispering and thinking back. I could see her crying and answering silent questions. The way you wrote this is very different and I really like coming across that. Very nicely done. Angi~

Posted 4 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Angi. This and quite a few of the other poems I've been posting here on WC were written .. read more
Angi

4 Years Ago

You are so welcome.
"Sometimes I reply with tears
others with well rehearsed responses
I am a player still waiting
to replay yesterday"
A sad and beautiful poem. The heart always want what it shouldn't have. I like the way you led the reader to the strong ending. The above closing lines is all we got. Thank you for the excellent poetry.
Coyote

Posted 4 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Coyote. Your words mean a lot to me and I appreciate your reading and reviewing my work .. read more

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Added on November 11, 2013
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Tags: #poetry, #relationships, #break-up, #regret, #lack of communication, #loss, #stage, #pain

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