Annabelle Annabelle give it a rest

take a break



I knew when I got the itinerary

every T crossed, every I dotted

that it would be a disaster,

over managed

in spite of all your hopes and expectations. 


The venue with its local radio presence

had nowhere to park,

got there too early. 

"No not this entrance - Tony will take you round."


Doormen, name tags,

kids looking bored,

 a cold cafe with live music,

a blacked out stage, 

hard outdoor chairs. 


Annabelle Annabelle with your clipboard

effusively greeting the confused

though your head half turned distracted

give it a rest

take a break for goodness sake,



Then after all that

some of the audience left during my reading,

the self sacrifice,

the artifice of it all,

the pointlessness of exposure. 




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Tue 9th Feb 2021 17:03

Sorry Greg I missed your icing on the cake comment! I nearly gave up after that, but thanks to zoom all is well.


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Greg Freeman

Tue 26th Jan 2021 23:41

As I thought, Ray. I was away in Spain. Sounds like a good one to have missed ...

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Tue 26th Jan 2021 15:10

Hi Greg. Time to spill the beans. The Nomad Theatre project a few years back in East Horsley. Put the cuffs on me.

Brian, I'm twisting on a spit, but thanks anyway.

Kimberly, it's not as bad as stand up comedy, but there was nothing funny in this . I feel for you.

Paul, It does take some balls to present your work, but if the audience likes you it's not hard work. That day was a baptism of fire; I don't think it would have made a difference who was reading frankly.
I rely on empathy so much and am willing to work for it, but have no day job....

Stephen , you picked a good one there. Wrong time wrong place.

Thanks for liking this, Julie, Aisha, Holden and New Shoes ...

Thanks all ! Ray

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 21st Jan 2021 17:01

Yes, this is great. The end reminds me of an attempt to address a meeting on the last afternoon of the Oval Test match in 2005.

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Thu 21st Jan 2021 05:24

That ending... I’ve been there.

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Wed 20th Jan 2021 19:07

Ray - stick with WOL. We can ignore you without you knowing.

Only joking...you're one of the leading lights.

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Greg Freeman

Wed 20th Jan 2021 18:44

Where was this, Ray? Or are your lips sealed?! I think I know, but I may be wrong ...

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