somebody like Joan Collins for example

the unexpected silence

gobsmacks the audience


the aged actress trying with some difficulty

to remember her pantomime lines

in that dreadful silence

lasting for the kind of moment that seems like an eternity

she looking as pitiful as Pagliacci  


though the old magic had gone

and the majority of those seated

were about to join in a slow handclap


there were still her die-hard fans out there in the crowd

remembering her glory days

and while knowing that this blooper wasn't part of the performance

took no part in the mockery


generous with patience

they waited.

This was their way of thanking her

for many long ago pleasures

she had brought to their lives. 

◄ Goodbye to lull-a-bye Road

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Rose Casserley

Tue 2nd Jan 2018 11:18

MC/Steve/and my usual motley crew ? cheers!

this incident actually did take place during a panto my biggies took me to see, however, the name of the actress eludes me since I was only knee-high to my biggies big toes at the time

I had more important concerns at that point as in when were 'those two' going to wack the goodies out!? ?

Rose ?

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Jemima Jones

Sun 31st Dec 2017 16:25

wonderful and wonderfully original Rose, although tinged with a little sadness.Thank you.Jemima.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Sat 30th Dec 2017 23:27

the imagery in this poem is so strong that it makes us feel as though we too are sat there but as two of those also

'generous with patience'

P&S xx

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Fri 29th Dec 2017 16:12

did you actually witness this sorry incident, Rose? and I also go along with both previous comments in all they say

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Rose Casserley

Fri 29th Dec 2017 11:42

thank you, gentlemen. A belated Merry Christmas Steve
and pre-emptive good luck wishes for your New Year.

M.C. you may be pleased to know that when it came to thinking up the words Steve has quoted though few they were inspired by the theme of kindliness in your recent poem (Kind)

Rose ?

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steve pottinger

Fri 29th Dec 2017 09:45

There's some lovely touches in this, Rose.

"generous with patience

they waited."

is just beautiful.

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 28th Dec 2017 16:28

Rose - how kind and considerate of those who acted that
way. Even the best have their off days when performing
on stage...forgetting or fluffing their lines - or misjudging
their entrance/exit. It can be one of the appealing aspects
of live theatre in which the audience can participate in
support of a performer, as if part of the company.

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