The Stage   

The slab is hard underfoot and 
Lights glare on all sides                    
My veins throb beneath my skin. 
Transforms from nuisance to sin. 
The page is blank, stark 
Inside my head.                            
Lips parted to deliver,                     
Paralyzed, I shiver.                        
It slipped my mind...                      
I know                                     
     Locked... In Silence                       
     Unable To Utter                                                
My lines.