THE FINAL ACT

 

 

Oh how well she played her part,

so well rehearsed,

so sad - so brave,

no stranger to the performer's art,

knows the tricks of her trade.

She's played this role so many times,

this pale faced tragedy queen,

with lowered head and tremulous voice,

she acts her final scene.

We watch with cold and hostile eyes

this travesty of truth,

on centre stage we watch her die

tongue-tied by compulsive lies.

No flowers for her - and no applause,

no headline billing,

stage lights dim,

curtain falls,

           -    a vacancy for filling.

◄ ON THE BONE

ONE OF LIFE'S LITTLE CONFUSIONS ►

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Dorothy Webb

Mon 27th May 2019 17:26

Jon
Thank you for commenting, it is so encouraging.

Fish
You are right on both counts,
It is heavily political and that is the way it was intended
BUT - it also takes into account my anger towards an
aqaintence who played 'The Tradgedy Queen' when her dogs did not thrive - after she had abused them - it had a different ending then though
Dorothy.

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afishamongmany

Mon 27th May 2019 16:10

Dorothy - you may find it hard to believe but when I first read this, recent political events and personalities never came to my thoughts. This tells of my unpoliticallity -but- much more it tells of the poem's strength as a stand alone piece, independent of current affairs.
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Jon

Sun 26th May 2019 17:55

Hi Dorothy
Very well expressed. A great piece
Jon

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Dorothy Webb

Sun 26th May 2019 16:55

Ray
What have you done?
You have mentioned Boris😖 and Nigel😖 in my comment box.

i think you should get your coat.😀

Dorothy

P.S. just the same thank you both of your comments

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raypool

Sun 26th May 2019 16:55


I also wanted to say that the acting ability of politicians seldom brings to life the scripts they are given, and only impresses those are likely to subscribe to their views already. In the theatre, we would rightly condemn dodgy acting where true emotions are conveyed. In any case most of the power broking goes on behind close doors, so how can we feel too much sympathy ? She didn't come over well on the One Show. I often think career politicians are basically quite simple minded folk, probably over educated and ready to go . (As indeed she is). A topical piece Dorothy!
(To be hones I thought I'd mistakenly deleted the previous post but I've left this in place anyway!!)

Ray

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raypool

Sun 26th May 2019 16:46

Just wanted to say that the "acting" element of politicians who face the public are just lacking in conviction both from the deliverer and the receivers point of view. A heavy dose of charisma can help of course, such as we see in Boris or Farage, but it is mostly bluster. We would rightly commend dodgy acting in the theatre - in any case the real power brokers are seldom seen unless the press winkles them out for their demise.

I'll get my coat.

Ray

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Dorothy Webb

Sun 26th May 2019 15:20

John, and Vautaw,
Thank you for reading and for your 'likes' they are appreciated.

Dorothy

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Dorothy Webb

Sun 26th May 2019 15:13

MC,
It is funny that you should say that, I was playing with the word 'epitaph' for ages before i decided that i didn't know what to do with it.

Dorothy

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 26th May 2019 15:06

An alternative title might be -
"Epitaph for a Vicar's Daughter". An odd juxtaposition of origins
and behaviour in public office.

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Don Matthews

Sun 26th May 2019 00:38

Very well written Dorothy. Having now explored the background of this I can understand her failings.

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Wolfgar Miere

Sat 25th May 2019 22:10

I almost choked when she mentioned Grenfell. I had been working in Chelsea the morning after and it was still burning. I had driven into town in the early hours and could see the tower burning from the Hogs Back...all the way out near Guildford. I finished work that day..drove over to Grenfell and spent some time trying to do something worth while.

I could not believe that no (cabinet) Government representative had been to the site..even up to the point I left. So for her to utter the word Grenfell..repulsed me when she could have been there in 10 mins.

It's all lies...all lies.

Don't believe a word.

David.

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Dorothy Webb

Sat 25th May 2019 22:08

Mae
Thank you for your 'like', I am grateful, I thought twice about posting this one in case it was a bit too political, so your support is most welcome.

Dorothy

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Dorothy Webb

Sat 25th May 2019 22:02



Thank you, Jason and David.
My anger is not aimed solely at the manipulation that we have all witnessed and been powerless to do anything about.

When I saw the tears, I also lacked sympathy for her, it was Windrush that flooded my thoughts, what of their tears?
And what about Grenfell survivours and the promise to rehome them?

She wept for herself, not for the people that she had hurt, just for herself.
That cannot be forgiven.

Dorothy

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Wolfgar Miere

Sat 25th May 2019 20:54

Every political career ends in failure Dorothy. Though I tried hard to feel sympathy, I could not.

I heard Heseltine say "unfortunately emotion doesn't write history" he is right of course...and he swung a mace or two in his time, and famously brandished a dagger.

What comes next? it can only be more pain I fear...maybe of a different kind though.

David.

PS, I would venture that "she" has never known a sword, only ever a shield. I would never bestow such credit upon a "remf"

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Jason Bayliss

Sat 25th May 2019 19:10

I think that is the most eloquent summary of the, "Long knives," at work and those that have lived by the sword, dying by the sword. Excellent.

J. x

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