After the Play

Written by: ilene bauer

I entered a contest for plays;
I’d hoped for approval and praise.
	The audience cheered
	And nobody jeered
And I even was given bouquets!

We followed the show with a dinner.
I grinned like the grinniest grinner.
	The feelings that flowed
	And the way that I glowed
Would convince someone I was the winner.

Today they confirmed what I knew – 
My chances for glory are through.
	But still, though I lost,
	There were barriers crossed
And I made an impressive debut.

The lesson I learned from this chance
Is that fortunes don’t always advance;
	But if you never try
	You’ll be wondering why
You’re the wallflower watching the dance.