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A Captive Audience

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A Captive Audience

A captive audience
people hanging on every word
with bated breath.
Eager eyes watching, unblinking.
Studio lights burn.
Sweat on my brow.
I smile, shift slightly.
Let them hang I think.
I pause
smile wider
Leaning forward I stop
I can't
I've forgotten the question.

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  1. Date: 10/5/2013 8:53:00 AM

    First of all, absolutely LOVE the title. This is a great piece with a hint of irony at the end. I felt like I was sweating, and I know what I would feel like if I also forgot the question. It takes skill to make the reader feel like they are right there with you. Kudos; wonderful write :)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 10/5/2013 8:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you my friend =)
  1. Date: 9/23/2013 4:56:00 PM

    Just tell him to come again...

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/23/2013 8:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol yes I guess he could it around to his favour. thank you for stopping by =)
    Kithinji Avatar Gerald Kithinji Date: 9/23/2013 4:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I mean, just hold the smile there and say 'I can't believe anyone can ask such a damn question!
  1. Date: 9/22/2013 8:55:00 PM

    Good, I see more and more people are reading your poems. That is so well deserved for you. Thanks for reading several of mine today. you picked a few weird ones I wrote haha. now let me see a few more of yours.

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/22/2013 9:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    strangely yes, it seems to be snowballing, well the top few are anyway. I sort of wish some of my lower poems were being read as well. Thanks for dropping by Andrea =)
  1. Date: 9/22/2013 4:33:00 PM

    hello, good write.

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/22/2013 9:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you for stopping by =)
  1. Date: 9/22/2013 12:16:00 PM

    Interesting write....Love the term bated breath....Thanks for your visits to my work today. Hope you enjoyed what you read. Thanks, also for sharing your take on my poem to the contest sponsors...We all are different in the way we view things. I write to write...but a win or two is just icing in the cake...take care!

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/22/2013 12:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you for stopping by =)
  1. Date: 9/20/2013 7:16:00 AM

    Hi Thomas you impart so well the feelings of anticipation here I can see your audience waiting with bated breath Kudos a lovely write Shadow x smile (7)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/20/2013 9:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you for stopping by =)
  1. Date: 9/19/2013 9:17:00 PM

    hahaha this is cute! Thomas, i entertained.. hi, Elai is here...

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/19/2013 10:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you for stopping by Elai =)
  1. Date: 9/19/2013 1:51:00 AM

    Nice:)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/19/2013 2:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you =)
  1. Date: 9/18/2013 5:06:00 PM

    btw, you got home from work to greet your dog and wife and had a beer. And then you went and ate some stuff. but all that you ate, I am not sure of!! (we have a lot of the same expressions and others were not hard to decipher)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/18/2013 5:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am impressed. you did well translating Aussie slang. I have soupmailed all the terms. =)
  1. Date: 9/18/2013 3:22:00 PM

    Hello Thomas, would like to read more of your poems ... but I have no patience with "drawn networks" - I enjoy reading your poems, you are skilled. - I'm on a little trip in Turkey (7 days) - Here is the internet Connection bad !!! - I want to thank you for taking the time to read several of my poems today. - There is one thing you have to explain to me. .... where you have the Norwegian language from???? - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/18/2013 4:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you AL, for stopping by. My great grand parents were Norwegian. =)
  1. Date: 9/18/2013 10:33:00 AM

    Awe, so now you know me... Hello Thomas, once again :-)... intriguing, write... I got all caught up in the moment myself... enjoyed... Linda

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/18/2013 11:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm glad it made you smile. I figured I would take a break from some of the heavier emotional pieces I have posted lately.
  1. Date: 9/17/2013 9:14:00 AM

    ha! I love this... makes me smile :)

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/17/2013 9:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm glad it did =)
  1. Date: 9/17/2013 2:48:00 AM

    i felt the nervousness but i smiled at it as well good piece thomas tina x

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/17/2013 2:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Tina and very much appreciated
  1. Date: 9/17/2013 12:20:00 AM

    very funny, thanks for the laugh!

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/17/2013 2:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Claude, I am glad you liked it and it made you laugh
  1. Date: 9/16/2013 11:44:00 AM

    Nicely creative poem you penned here Thomas. Thanks for stopping by my horror poems for Halloween. You should join in on the Halloween. Hugs, Gail

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/16/2013 7:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am a bit old to be dressing up and eating candy on Halloween and sadly not that many kids knock on the door for any. (I think it was 3 last year) Thanks for stopping by Gail
  1. Date: 9/16/2013 7:49:00 AM

    this is really cool. Everyone waiting for your answer and you forgot the question. Priceless!

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/16/2013 7:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    sorry, what was that again? =P thank you for stopping by Andrea
  1. Date: 9/15/2013 6:40:00 PM

    Nicely written and thought out, thank you for sharing and your comments on my work

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/16/2013 5:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for yours =)
  1. Date: 9/15/2013 2:56:00 PM

    I know what this feeling is like. I have always been a shy and quiet person my entire life. Which is why I write poetry, it allows me to express myself, when I couldn't otherwise! Fantastic work!

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/15/2013 4:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I thought it would be a bit of fun after my pieces I have posted lately
  1. Date: 9/15/2013 12:02:00 PM

    so cute, don't worry, it happens to me all the time, so go on, I'm listening, hugs xxx

    Simunsen Avatar Thomas Simunsen Date: 9/15/2013 1:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    a bit of fun after my last few pieces. Merci MR