The Stage   

The slab is hard underfoot and 
Lights glare on all sides                    
My veins throb beneath my skin. 
Absent-mindedness                             
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.


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