Friday, September 27, 2013

Encore! Encore!


 Encore! Encore!

At first, it seemed like any park--
just like all the others--
with grass and tall trees,


a slide and swings.



A place where little boys might fall
and skin their knees
and be comforted by their mothers.

But then you see the stone wall,
and it makes you think of castles.


And you walk all around
in search of kings and queens and jesters 
wearing jaunty hats with tassels.

But you find no moat,
and no fire-breathing dragons. 
You find no drawbridge
and no horses pulling wagons.

On the other side is a theater
with both seats and stage made of stone.


You long to hear a concert or see a play,
but you realize you're the only one there.
You're by yourself. You're all alone.

So you take center stage 


and recite a scene,
adding a gesture and a dramatic pause--
Your performance is perfect!


Who needs an audience?
The show must go on-- 
with or without applause.



34 comments:

  1. What a lovely place! So happy you found this gem; I know how you like to walk or ride a bike. Hope you are loving your new home. Have a nice weekend. John wants to know if you've been to the Bowling Hall of Fame!!!

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    1. Thank you, Mildred. We are liking it very much here. Tell John, no, I haven't been to the Bowling Hall of Fame. Haha! Hope you both have a nice weekend! :)

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  2. It's nice to find a quiet solitary place sometimes! Hope you are loving your new place.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. This definitely was a quiet and peaceful place, at least while I was there. Maybe it isn't always though. :) Have a good weekend!

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  3. It's a beautiful place! Is it close to your new home? I like your performance too!

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte! Yes, this is very close to where I live--about a ten minute walk away. :D Have a great weekend!

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  4. Very cool post! I love the feeling of discovering a mysterious place.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! It was fun to discover the amphitheater there. I wasn't expecting to see it there.

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  5. What a very interesting place... you could recite your poetry there often. This place looks like a lovely place to either relax or for children to have a lot of fun... I adore the stone castle look... ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Launna. Although I happened to be there when no one else was around, I think it probably is a favorite spot for children and families in the area. :)

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  6. Love the park. What a fun place to dream and journal. It's calling my name!

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    1. Hello and welcome, Pamela! Thank you for visiting and commenting here. It is a nice quiet spot good for dreaming. :)

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  7. Looks like you are finding all sorts of treasured spots in your new surroundings, Daisy...encore indeed!

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    1. Thank you, Beatrice! It was a sweet surprise to come upon this place. :)

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  8. Your poems always stir magic in my heart.

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    1. Thank you, Reenie! What a lovely thing to say! :-)

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  9. And did you perform ? I think if you did, the applause must have been so loud you could not hear it ! :)

    What an interesting part of the park. I think it must be very much appreciated by the kids ( grown -up ones included ) with lively imaginations.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. I performed only in my imagination! Ha! The only audience around was made up of a few squirrels and birds. I'm not sure if they would have appreciated a performance from me. It was a fascinating place, though. I still don't know what it is used for, but I hope to find out some day.

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  10. I could see and hear you recite this poem on that stage, and I'm applauding you. It's perfect and very fun.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Thank you, Robyn! This was a fun poem to write. :-)

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  11. Hurray, hurray, hurray!

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    1. Thanks, Lanny! I hope you are having a good week! :-)

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  12. That made me smile.

    Pearl

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  13. Beautiful poem Daisy and a beautiful park. I love your poetry, it's so beautiful. Hope you're enjoying your new home and the beautiful Fall weather.

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  14. Loved your performance - I could hear it - really I could! Love your poem. Hope you are settling in.

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  15. What an amazing park! I could spend a lot of time at a place like that. So much to explore :)

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  16. Wow! The stone wall in awesome! What a wonderful park for children to play. I would love to explore this place, too.

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  17. Thank you all for the kind words and comments! I really appreciate them. I hope you all have a great weekend. :-)

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  18. That's an interesting park- love the stone wall and steps.

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    1. They were cool to see! Quite unexpected.

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  19. I'm back, after having to re-boot my laptop.

    As I was saying before something rudely interrupted my commenting.... :)

    What a wonderful park. So glad you have a beautiful new home, town and park to share with us.

    xooxoxxo

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    1. It's good to see you, Jannie! Computers do have a way of interrupting us, don't they. Have a great day! :)

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