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Thumbs wiggling on east wing, backstage
lines skipped like a broken record
with trails of script on hand, sweat poured,
pale rose-in-waiting was I on moist page

Theater brimmed as crowds filled seats, agaped 
bright spotlights roamed, my eyes rehearsed the words;
thumbs wiggling on east wing, backstage
lines skipped like a broken record

Panting fast, I tucked wired nerves in head's cage,
that as curtains blew, this name was soon called
recalling to breathe, my flesh was in crazed rage.
Wait! "Clear dry throat; focus on scenes contoured",
Thumbs wiggling on east wing, backstage.

                            ,     ,,,,,,              ,,

*anxiety experienced before performing
the role of Medea on stage.

* Rondel form: consisting of 13 lines: two quatrains 
and a quintet,rhyming as follows: ABba abAB abbaA. 
The capital letters are repeats.
Posted under rondeau


                  for Susan's Wait Contest
                  19 July 2012

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  1. Date: 8/2/2012 12:28:00 AM
    nette... Congratulations with your awesome win in Susan's waiting contest... what a ;-) ~xox PD

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 1:58:00 PM
    Congratulations on your placement in Susan's "Wait" contest Nette. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/31/2012 9:53:00 AM
    congrats on your win Nette

  1. Date: 7/31/2012 9:15:00 AM
    congrats Nette luv on a unique concept garnishing a big win for a brilliant idea and entry luv.. been under the weather for two weeks now. cannot seem to bounce back as fast as I want to ..oh..

  1. Date: 7/31/2012 1:29:00 AM
    Congratulations nette I feel nervous for you xx

  1. Date: 7/31/2012 12:20:00 AM
    wonderful!!!....congrats on your win Nette.

  1. Date: 7/30/2012 11:31:00 PM
    Wow! a write about stage fright, loved it Nette, Congratulations!

  1. Date: 7/30/2012 5:43:00 PM
    A wonderful write, Nette! I can feel the nerves...also love the form. congrats on your wonderful win! Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 7/30/2012 2:51:00 PM
    Beautiful-wonderful write my dear. Congratulations on your win. Lov, Shar

  1. Date: 7/30/2012 2:41:00 PM
    Nette, congrats on your win, excellent..David

  1. Date: 7/30/2012 2:22:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win. Love, Suzette

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 7:21:00 AM
    an excellent concept for this challenge Nette luv.. best of luck but this needs none.. unique and original thoughts.. a numero uno luv.. hope to get to SM soon.. problems with my hands swollen from arthritis right now.. due to stormy weather patterns here.. beach on hold this week luv.. how r u?

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 5:01:00 PM
    Well, I didn't know you were actress as well as a poet! What else can you do? I bet you are an artist too! Got to try this form out, looks like something I could do and this is a perfect example to study - Tim

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 4:57:00 PM
    Great description! I know the feeling. I've done theater myself(small scale--3 hundred people or so). It drives me crazy, but I love it! I also write some

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 3:34:00 PM
    Do you perform on stage too? Nice one, describing the tension ,nette. Huggs,:) Jag

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 3:32:00 PM
    I'm sure they must have been spellbound, so sorry I wasn't there to see it, I can only imagine, love vie

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 3:18:00 PM
    Home....cold.......not sunshine....... - Well written poem...always Nette. - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 2:32:00 PM
    I can feel your nerves in this wonderful write,dear Nette:) A bit nervous backstage sharpens the performens,ey`? Excellent write as always..Huggssss,Arild (finally back from holiday)

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 12:55:00 PM
    ‡ The World Is A Stage, Sweet Beautiful Amazing Nette * This Is Passion Laced, Creative, Wonderful & Beautiful As Always * What A Brilliant Light In Verse You Are ... Fascinating, Commendable, Admirable, Inspiring, Radical, Intoxicating *.* Pure Majestic Beauty *.* My Luv, Rachel ‡

  1. Date: 7/19/2012 11:59:00 AM
    I'm fine! Thanks for asking!! This is so cleverly done, with impeccable rhyming and flow. The word 'angst' springs to mind! Well done, nette!! Blessings and Hugs, Keith :)