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The Lottery

As darkness fell, the lights came up;
The stage was filled with dance.
The final night to see the show – 
Who knew I’d have the chance?

For Shakespeare in the Park is free,
With tickets handed out
To those who’ve waited hours on line,
No matter what your clout.

But also, there’s a lottery – 
You register and wait;
At noon, they let you know online
If somehow, you did rate.

My spouse and I each clicked “Submit”
Each day throughout the run.
My husband also hit the line
Without success – no fun!

But yesterday, on closing night,
His email said “Congrats!”
Like hitting a grand slam behind
A slew of sad at-bats.

The show was magical, with all
The goods to entertain.
The weather gods kept clouds at bay,
Despite the threat of rain.

I’ve never won a lottery
And no, I wouldn’t switch;
For seeing Shakespeare in the Park
Made me feel very rich!

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  1. Date: 7/2/2013 4:48:00 PM
    It seems your words come naturally. They just seem to flow. That's why I keep coming back here. I'm glad you enjoyed the show.

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 2:40:00 PM
    Oh I really love this. So well written and rhymed. I loved the way you formed your words and told the story. Great write!

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 4:35:00 PM
    Ilene...I have seen quite a few indoors in an auditorium but have never had the pleasure of seeing one outdoors...That must have been awesome!...Now I am curious as to which play it was and where it was!...Would you mind Soup mailing me? - Tim

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 2:02:00 PM
    What could be better on a summer's evening?!! We have had such an's wonderful !!

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 12:28:00 PM
    Congrats... you were lucky indeed... Nicepoem too! Terry