Monday, 12 October 2020


The orchestra are tuned up 

ready in their uniform

black costumes 

dressed so as 

not to distract

from the music

or the on stage drama

dressed for invisibility.

And those on stage are dressed 

for the parts they’re playing,

dressed for performance

dressed to be noticed

dressed to be seen.

The audience are dressed

for their parts as well. 

With their glad rags on

they’re watching each other

waiting for the interval

when the lights go up 

and greater scrutiny

will be possible,

preparing their lines

ready to play their parts

in a costume drama.

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