An Actor Prepares

Originally posted 12/16/2009; revised, 8/28/2014.

No one photographs him
more than once
once they realize
that the only pictures
that show him as himself
show him
onstage.

What’s his motivation?
He gave up everything to gain a spotlight.
That smile you see up there is genuine,
so if you want to try,
use no flash.  Catch him standing there
in his natural setting: 

darkness all around him
as he pretends like mad
that light is the Sun.

Shoot him anywhere else,
all you’ll capture
is a pillar of salt.

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About Tony Brown

A poet with a history in slam, lots of publications; my personal poetry and a little bit of daily life and opinions. Read the page called "About..." for the details. View all posts by Tony Brown

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