A Player

A Player

A Poem by Joyce S. Greene
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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
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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 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

3 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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This is like a stage play to me and so well done. The mood and tone saturate this and the black and white picture really sets the stage (excuse the pun) so well. The feeling of loss, disappointment and yet a thread of hope all wrap into this for me. Excellent. Going into my favorites.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you for your very gracious review, Relic. I really appreciate your reading my work and leavin.. read more
Relic

3 Years Ago

You're welcome Joyce.
A broken relationship and an ill-lit stage....how well they go together. This whole poem seemed to play out before me in slow motion. ...all the emotions,the words left said, unsaid, the tears rolling down. So beautifully expressed, my friend. Stunning poem.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you for your marvelous review, Sanober. It means a lot to me.
I love this poem I can really relate to it...nice joyce!

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Jeannear. I appreciate your review very much.
Sad emotion with plenty of feel. Good poem Joyce

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, BR. Just my muse, musing.
I hear questions asked
never answered
and answers to questions
never asked

The melodic tone is beautiful. I guess it gives new meaning to the saying:

"All the world's a stage"

The lights are on 24/7 for some of us. Fate give us our lines, problem is if we cite them wrong, we cannot go back to make edits or do a retake.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

How true, Muse. What's said is said and nothing you can do can change the past. You just have to le.. read more
dear Joyce... When a co-star disappears
there is an empty stage of tears...
Writing poetry is a legend of its own
where we can share our loneliness
and be swept away in another world...
for just a while... I love your style...
and most of all I love your smile.
truly... Pat

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

What a lovely review, Pat. I very much appreciate your thoughts.
This is exceptional Joyce. That last line really brought this piece home for me. Your thoughts are portrayed perfectly. Nicely penned my friend.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Jack, for your very nice review. You are a good friend, and always make me feel apprecia.. read more
I'm not a free verse fan, but think this is excellent. The sadness permeates the entire poem. The second stanza's use of the stage to further your theme is especially effective.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Richard, your reviews always make me smile. I really appreciate your very kind words.
Sadly, there are no retakes, no reruns of times past. The show must go ever forward... Excellent metaphor here, Joyce.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Rita. I value your opinion highly.
it is like two actors who just can't seem to mesh when doing their lines...they say them, but neither really hears the other, and the timing is off, they miss their cues and the conversation never happens during the play...they remain two lonely soliloquies barely missing each other...

makes for a sad audience...

jacob

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks, Jacob, for letting me know your thoughts after reading my poem.

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