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CHARLIE - PART II

PART II

CHARLIE

HEY CHARLIE!
WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN YOUR ROOTS
WERE HIDDEN, DEEP...
BEYOND THE SHADOWS THAT WOULD KEEP YOU,
DANCIN' IN THE STREET!

BEING JUST A BUM, WHEN IT ALL BEGAN,
WHEN YOU WERE VERY YOUNG.
BUT YOU WOULD KNOW THE CIRCUMSTANCES...
OF YOUR OWN POVERTY!

FROM A MOTHER WHO COULDN'T COPE,
AND LEFT YOU ALL ALONE, AND ABANDONED!
WHEN YOU FOUND YOURSELF...
SLEEPING ON THOSE PARK BENCHES IN KENNINGTON.

THEN YOU MET THE ORGAN MAN
THERE ON THE STREET...
WHERE YOU TAPPED INTO THE LIGHTNESS
OF YOUR OWN DANCE!

CREATING THAT SPECIAL PLACE
IN YOUR IMAGINATION...
AND, EVENTUALLY, YOU WOULD ESCAPE!
BECOMING A VAUDEVILLE MAN...
THAT EVERYONE KNEW SO WELL!

LIVING WITH A PLAN,
THAT WOULD BRING YOU FAME 
AND FORTUNE!
WITH CANE AND HAT, STRUTTING YOUR STUFF...
ALONG SOME PROMINNADE.

YET, BEING SO AFRAID, DEEP, INSIDE,
YOU COULDN'T HIDE...
THAT SADNESS ON YOUR SLEEVE!
AND IT WOULD ALL APPEAR...
IN YOUR DRESS!

WHAT A MESS...
ALONG SOME TAVERN STREET,
WHERE YOU WOULD MEET AND GREET...
THE LADIES!

TAPPING INTO YOUR OWN BALLET,
WITH A GLIMMER IN YOUR EYE...
CREATING AN ART,
OUT OF A PERSONALITY... 
THAT WAS DRIVEN TO SUCCEED!

FROM YOUR FEARS OF GOING INSANE...
AND THOSE 40 YEARS OF READING ABOUT...
THE POWER OF THE WILL!

BUT WHO KNEW YOUR SUFFERING...
FROM YOUR LONLINESS AND MELANCHOLY WAYS...
ON STAGE, YOU WERE "ON," 
NEVER CEASING TO PLAY A PART!

BUT OFF STAGE, 
WAS A TALE OF A WHOLE DIFFERENT GUY...
BEING LONELY AND SHY, 
AND RATHER, RESERVED!

WHO KNEW, YOU LIKED BEING LONELY?
PREFERRING THOSE SHABBY HOTELS,
POSSESSING AN INNER LIFE...
WITH A LONGING TO FEEL AT HOME!

SO, IT WAS WORK THAT WAS, REALLY, AT THE CENTER
OF YOUR BEING...
FROM STAGE PLAYS, TO SKITS AND STUNTS,
YOU WOULD BECOME A COMEDIAN IN YOUR TIME!

AND "MIME" STRUCK THE ULTIMATE CHORD...
FOR YOUR SUCCESS, THAT YOU KNEW BEST!
BECOMING THE VERY PERSON YOU IMITATED...
THE INEBRIATE!

NOVEMBER 15, 2016

Copyright © Robert OBrien | Year Posted 2016

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