Saturday, November 21, 2020

B A C K S T A G E

 


Unless 

 

you've been backstage for a performance

 


 

 

you will never know 

 

what goes into the staging

 

of

 

a person's story.

 


 
As the curtain of 2020 has risen

we have seen 
 
resilience, collaboration, innovation
 
as well as
 
defeat, division and personal loss.
 
You can be in line at the gas pump
 
or in the parking lot of a home improvement store
 
and a complete stranger will have no problem
 
insulting you
 
lashing out - even threatening you
 
or 
 
breaking down in front of you.  

You never know what has gone on

B A C K S T A G E 

for 
 
a performance as such.

That is why I've changed course.
 
From the political scene to the pandemic
 
I observe from my theatre seat
 
and I wonder and I weep
 
but all it took was for
 
one man

in his mid-70s
 
standing in front of me in line 
 
buying bottled water

to rant 
 
about the closure of his business
 
to question my use of a mask and goggles

and then to




I read his script.
 
 And the uncanny thing about it is

it 
 
was my script.
 
The muffled words sucking in and puffing out 
 
from behind his mask,
 
"I'm so sorry but it's been so hard. I'm losing everything. I deeply apologize" 

were like a tinnitus in my ears

that resonated his pain with mine.
 
His admission ticket of humility 
 
wasn't for a seat for the final act

but 
 
for entrance into the darkness 
 
of 
 
the corridors 
 
of 
 
our humanity.
 
 



 

 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Seasons


 

 

The earth has mood swings too.

 

They're called

 

The four seasons.