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Weekly Poetry Stuffage > Week 55 - (September 24th-October 2nd) Poems --- Topic: THEATRE DONE!!

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message 1: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments I don't think I've used this one for a contest here yet. It's an older poem but still good :)

The Stage

A place to be free,
To be a star,
And let yourself shine-
- That is the stage.

To perform and
Show what you can do
Without any limits-
- That is the stage.

To take on a new role,
Wear a new costume,
Express a new emotion-
- That is the stage.

To have all eyes on you,
Yet feel like no one is watching
With the lights beaming in your face-
- That is the stage.

To be at peace
With your whole body,
To let your soul out-
- That is the stage.


message 2: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments haha, thanks Al


message 3: by Stephanie (last edited Sep 25, 2010 09:53AM) (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments Um, Alex...the topic says stories instead of poems. Thought I'd point it out...:D Nice job, Rita and Kristen.


message 4: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments lol


message 5: by Lexi (Pink Jellyfish) (last edited Sep 25, 2010 01:22PM) (new)

Lexi (Pink Jellyfish) (blackjack13) | 66 comments Chestnut of words


He is the ruler of this small wide world
The crowd is his vow-eyes locked on him...
As the hand of silence stretches the cold,
Lines pour down as perfume of gold.

But why can't he see the obvious truth?
Theatre of Life...a chestnut of words.

Performing the arts on a backstreet stage
A pennyless fellow lurking in mold,
A little old woman selling her sage,
The silent scream of an everyday laugh.

Lines within lines begin to unfold
The gong chimes 12, the world shifts shape
Countless plays are yet to be told-
Theatre of Life...a chestnut of words.


message 6: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments That was really awesome, Alexis!!!


message 7: by Lexi (Pink Jellyfish) (last edited Sep 25, 2010 01:33PM) (new)

Lexi (Pink Jellyfish) (blackjack13) | 66 comments O____O" should i run and hide or i should just hide?
thanx *huggles u*!
MUAHHA HERE IM ALLOWED TO HUG YOU!
BUT I REALLY REALLY THANK YOU!


message 8: by Kimathy (new)

Kimathy man, i wrote a haiku tone time with this theme...I'll have to found it!! :P


Lexi (Pink Jellyfish) (blackjack13) | 66 comments lol..kwl
i lave haiku *big wide child's eyes* i wanna see lol


message 10: by Kimathy (new)

Kimathy haha, thanks i think i remember it so I'll put it up today :]


message 11: by Kimathy (new)

Kimathy Title: Theater 2 Parts
By: Kimathy

Face covered in Light
Loud pounding hitting your chest
The audience stares

You are an Actor
Impersonating Someone
The lines leave your mouth


message 12: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments I like it Al, nice work :)


message 13: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments haha, sorry Al, I didn't look at the name closely and thought it was you who wrote the poem!

so, correction: Nice work Alexis!


message 14: by Kimathy (new)

Kimathy

You are an Actor
Impersonating Someone
The lines leave your..."


thank you :]


message 15: by Lexi (Pink Jellyfish) (last edited Sep 26, 2010 03:29AM) (new)

Lexi (Pink Jellyfish) (blackjack13) | 66 comments thanks 2 every1
btw i love your haiku kimathy!!
and your poem is gorgeous too kristen.
*FREE HUG FOR EVERY1*


message 16: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments Great job, Kimathy.


message 17: by Kimathy (new)

Kimathy Thanks :]


message 18: by M (new)

M | 11381 comments Kristen, I like those lines! Especially, "To have all eyes on you, / Yet feel like no one is watching . . ."

Rita, yours is graphic! "She is cold to the bone. / Her foot hits the pedal . . ." I can see it happening in my mind.

Alexis, the rhyme and tetrameter appeal to me, and some the images practically leap off the page: "Lines pour down as perfume of gold" and particularly "A pennyless fellow lurking in mold, / A little old woman selling her sage . . ." That's really good.

You're brave to attempt haiku, Kimathy! "The lines leave your mouth" (as if all on their own). An interesting image.


message 19: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments I'm so lazy, I'll have to write something today...perhaps I'll find some obscure fact to place in there for you all.


message 20: by M (new)

M | 11381 comments Give us something shocking, Stephanie!


Lexi (Pink Jellyfish) (blackjack13) | 66 comments go go Steph!!!!


message 22: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments Lol, I'll see what I can do.


message 23: by Jan (last edited Sep 28, 2010 12:26AM) (new)

Jan (auntyjan) | 199 comments The Old Astor Theatre


Velvet chairs, all bedraggled
Ice-cream girls? No, not one
The theatre is standing silent
After seasons in the sun.

It saw Dorothy and Tin Man
It saw Scarlett and Rhett.
It saw Rick in Casablanca
Citizen Kane, we can't forget.

In the fifties and the sixties
Mums and Dads and children came
To Julie Andrews' Sound of Music
And Mary Poppins...what a name!

Later, teens all crowded in
To see Romeo and Juliet
for school, but what they longed for
Was Star Wars...better yet!

James Bond, in many guises
E.T., A Few Good Men.
The theatre was still busy
And the coffeeshops, back then.

Now the theatre's getting older
The 'coffee set' have gone elsewhere
Movies ... no longer showing
Place is falling into disrepair.

No more kids come with sticky fingers
To the older part of town
So the old, old Astor Theatre
Like Titanic, is going down.


message 24: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments oooh, so nostalgic. Lovely work Jan :)


message 25: by M (new)

M | 11381 comments That one brings back memories! Theaters used to be grand, with balconies and huge screens. Some even had chandeliers and rococo ceilings. ". . . the old, old Astor Theatre . . . is going down."


message 26: by M (new)

M | 11381 comments Movies at the theatre are much dimmer now than they used to be, and have a bluish cast. The carbon-arc lamps formerly used were far brighter and more like daylight. When I was home from college one summer, I went with friends to see a movie at the old theater downtown. I had gotten used to the new theaters and was amazed at the difference--how bright and vibrant the picture seemed in the old movie house! It may have been a wrong impression, but the sound seemed more mellow. Transistorized amplifiers have a hard sound.


message 27: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments That was great, Jn! Wonderful!


message 28: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments Title: Great Tragedy

Butterflies upset my stomach.
I peek out the curtains,
And the nausea worsens.

I put the curtains back,
Not wanting my sparkling face
To be seen by the crowd.

I enter the stage,
My time for the spotlight here.
I say my lines
My voice lacking any hesitancy.

Then I die.
I lay on the stage,
Barely breathing.
And the show goes on.

A fly lands on my nose.
It rubs its front legs together,
As if praying,
But the reality is worse.

It's really vomiting.
I can't take it much longer.
Then it puts its legs down.
I stare at the small insect.

My stomach heaves,
As the minuscule fact
Passes through my head.

I can't stand it any longer,
I'm suddenly upright and running.
Running for the bathroom,
Hand over mouth,
Trying to keep from vomiting.


message 29: by M (new)

M | 11381 comments The exit is so unrehearsed, either they'll think it's part of the play, or they'll think the play's a comedy. Your description's very realistic!


message 30: by Stephanie (last edited Sep 29, 2010 05:42AM) (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments Thank you. I couldn't think of any other facts except about the fly.


message 31: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments nice Alex! It's so cool to see such a variety of interpretations of the theme this week :)


message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

A tongue-in-cheek tribute to all visitors to the magnificent stadium at Old Trafford, Manchester

Theatre of Dreams


Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United
A place of pilgrimage for soccer fans
From around the world and called by them
The Theatre of Dreams.

Seventy six thousand gather for big games
In anticipation of triumph yet fearing disaster
Red, the predominant colour in this,
The Theatre of Dreams.

Visiting teams with exotic names and fearsome
Reputations have foundered here
Vanquished mercilessly by the Reds in
The Theatre of Dreams

Bayern, Real, and Benfica, all came
With baying supporters eager for blood,
All left chastened and defeated in this,
The Theatre of Dreams

They also have dreams, the visitors
They dream of beating the best,
The mighty Manchester United in
Their Theatre of Dreams

And on New Year’s Day, 1992
Came the unfashionable west Londoners,
Queens Park Rangers and won 4 – 1 in
The Theatre of Dreams.


message 33: by Jan (new)

Jan (auntyjan) | 199 comments An imaginative interpretation of the topic...everybody seems to be taking a unique angle...who would've thought there would be so many ways to approach 'theatre'.
I like it!


message 34: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments Nice, Al! I enjoyed how you portrayed her singing and how she felt when the music started- it was great.

Great job David, I like the fourth stanza. For some reason it reminded me of gladiators.


message 35: by M (new)

M | 11381 comments They should have known "the unfashionable west Londoners" would be their undoing! Something about "Theatre of Dreams" seems ballad-like, while occasional alliteration, word choice ("baying supporters eager for blood"), and ordering of words ("In anticipation of triumph yet fearing disaster") seems reminiscent of Old English; it reminds me in some ways of a cross between "Sir Patrick Spens" and "The Wanderer."

Alex, I think your poem is beautiful. "A smile finds her . . . a hum of a note from a piano. / A shiver of music travels down to her toes . . ." She is seeing with a part of her mind that doesn't do sums or understand the time clocks tell. The song is using her to be sung, in one of those moments that make all the hours of study and practice worth it.


message 36: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks Stephanie, that was the effect I was hoping for. Can you tell I'm a QPR fan? Mind you we have to go back a long way for a result like that against the Reds.


message 37: by Stephanie (last edited Sep 30, 2010 07:17AM) (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments What's QPR, David?


message 38: by [deleted user] (new)

No it's QPR - Queens Park Rangers a professional soccer team in England.


message 39: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments Oh, sorry. I see.


message 40: by M (last edited Sep 30, 2010 12:24PM) (new)

M | 11381 comments Okay, this one's awful. It started out as a limerick I was writing in my head this morning on the way to a funeral.

Poor Tom's A-Cold
by M

After Hamlet, my future seemed shot.
On my record, the role was a blot.
I'd get stumped, and, debating,
keep playgoers waiting
to find out: Would Ol' Ham be, or not?

I tried out for the part of King Lear,
but they said, "You're too old, and can't hear."
I replied, "I can't see.
It's a part made for me!"
'Twas the comedy hit of the year,

till Cordelia left with a sharp word,
raging how the old bard we had slurred:
"I would rather a stuffy
bit part next to Buffy
than theater of the absurd!"

Through our laughter, we most show our sorrow;
in our giving, how much we must borrow.
Join our feast--it's a sight!
Book a seat for tonight,
and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.


message 41: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (chasmofbooks) | 2875 comments I love it all, M!!!! Great job!


message 42: by M (new)

M | 11381 comments Thanks, Alex and Stephanie!


message 43: by Kimathy (new)

Kimathy haha, love it, very funny!


message 44: by Jan (last edited Oct 01, 2010 10:30AM) (new)

Jan (auntyjan) | 199 comments M, when I was reading your poem, I was singing it in my head. I really liked the poem, then I had to work out what the tune was. Do you know Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'It's a Grand Night for Singing?' If you take just one stanza of the song, and repeat it over and over, it fits with your words. This is the part that fits:
Maybe it's more than the moon,
Maybe it's more than the birds.
Maybe it's more than the sight of the night
In a light too lovely for words.

This will only make sense if you know the tune.


message 45: by mic (last edited Oct 02, 2010 06:08AM) (new)

mic | 82 comments M wrote: "Okay, this one's awful. It started out as a limerick I was writing in my head this morning on the way to a funeral.

Poor Tom's A-Cold
by M

After Hamlet, my future seemed shot.
On my record,..."


I think it's quite clever and enjoyed the allusion to the Theatre of the Absurd (I love Ionesco, can't wait to read Waiting for Godot.)


message 46: by M (last edited Oct 02, 2010 08:50AM) (new)

M | 11381 comments Mic, thank you for your comments on "Poor Tom's A-Cold." I'm embarrassed to relate that I haven't read King Lear, Hamlet, or Macbeth in about twenty years. It's long past time for me to revisit them! I've never read one of Ionesco's plays or novels. I don't have a clue what to make of Beckett's Waiting for Godot. For some reason, it brings to my mind an awful movie starring Bill Murray, called Groundhog Day. Good luck with Godot!

Jan, you're right: the meter's the same. The two dimeter lines of the limerick stanzas seem naturally to collapse into a tetrameter line (or, equally as likely, the third line in the song lyric is actually two dimeter lines back to back).


message 47: by Jan (new)

Jan (auntyjan) | 199 comments Yes, indeed! They don't show movies any more.


message 48: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Marincic Hiestermann | 519 comments I think we need some polls to go up! lots of poems to vote on...


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