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Published: 18th March 2022

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This poem was placed 1st = in Anoucheka Gangabissoon's "Being A Light To Others" Poetry Contest


Just Before The Show Oh Yes! My career!.. It's behind me. And the bright lights I’d worked so hard for Now they’ve airbrushed my face That looks so out of place On that poster they’ve stuck to my door. My name is no longer top billing It’s been pushed further down out of view By some rich kid who blogs From his channel of vlogs And gets paid just to show up here too. The curtain goes up in five minutes But I think it should really stay down They haven’t a clue What real actors do On the stage in this backwater town. I’m the oldest guy here in this cesspit And this dressing room’s cramped and too cold The 'luvvies' will shout That I’ve sadly sold out Unlike seats for this show so I’m told. I’m supposed to walk out there all happy To some kids who just couldn’t care less And keep 'doing my thing' And get them to sing - I’m washed out, fed up and a mess. Just After The Show I just wanted to say a big 'Thank You!' The three of us had a great time I’m not sure where to start So I’ll speak from my heart We loved you and your great pantomime. My husband and I brought our ill son And now value what laughter is worth We saw sickness displaced By wide smiles on his face Despite his short time left on earth. You brought us much joy, light and comfort From the stage to the seats where we sat No medicine or pills Can cure our son's ills But for two hours - tonight - you did that!

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Date: 4/9/2022 9:49:00 PM
I guess every performer goes through the phase of feeling displaced by someone newer, younger, less talented but with more popular appeal. Your first half stands well by itself as a sort of "tears of the clown" statement, but the 2nd half really lights up the sky with what performing is all about - reaching people. Sadly, too many don't receive letters such as this, so their audience feels like a sea of faces. Beautifully thought out and presented, Gary, a real delight to read today. Hope you are enjoying your weekend ~ John
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/10/2022 4:10:00 AM
Hi John. Thank you for your wonderful comments. Yes, today's 'celebrities' seem to exist and make their money in some parallel world wide universe while the old school have 'worked their way up' through an old established system. It's an age thing with me - the old actors, particularly here in the UK, would often crossover from live theatre to TV to film in the blink of an eye. I can't see that happening with many of the 'influencers' but I'll stand corrected. Take care and Cheers - Gary
Date: 3/24/2022 3:03:00 PM
What a brilliant heartwarming and uplifting juxtaposition of two chapters in a brief story. I was really moved by this creation. The emotional response qualifies it as a true work of art. Congratulations! Gary.
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/25/2022 4:55:00 AM
Thank you Geoffrey. Its wonderful to hear that a poem of mine has managed to elicit such an emotional response. Mission accomplished. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 3/22/2022 9:13:00 AM
So lovely, Gary. I think we all need a dose of laughter in these sad times. what a nice sip of love's tonic you gave that old, washed-up comic.
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Date: 3/22/2022 12:35:00 PM
Thank you Ann. This poem is loosely based / a rewrite / of an older poem I wrote early on at Poetry Soup called 'The Critic'..sometimes we are our own worst critic and don't see what good others see in us. I blame it on the pressures endured in life's very own pantomime. Thanks again. Cheers - Gary
Date: 3/20/2022 12:09:00 PM
Congratulations Gary! Laughter is by far the greatest gift. The magic of making the audience scared or to make them cry once awed me, but I came to hate that; humankind's nature is so prone to the plagues of fear and sorrows. Laughter is the best gift of all! I appreciate your gift, what a wonderful joy! Pantomime is a great form, it is often hysterical! Congratulations on your win, as well as the top prize of making a child happy! Laughter is truly the best medicine! :) ~BJ
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Date: 3/20/2022 1:41:00 PM
Thank you BJ. I have to point out that the actor in the poem isn't me just in case you thought it was. :) I couldn't agree more with you BJ about laughter. The Reader's Digest used to have a small section called 'Laughter is the best medicine' - I would always look out for that section whenever I got the chance to read the publication...usually in the dentist waiting room. :) Thanks so much for your comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 3/20/2022 11:22:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. A wonderful/creative write. Loved your ending. Yes, much better than medicine/pills. Have a blessed day..........
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/20/2022 1:44:00 PM
Thank you Paula. Much appreciated. Cheers - Gary
Date: 3/20/2022 9:40:00 AM
Congratulations for the placement and thanks for the entry :)
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/20/2022 1:47:00 PM
And thank you Anoucheka for a great contest. Cheers - Gary
Date: 3/18/2022 8:52:00 AM
A story so well told, Gary. You have a real gift for this kind of writing. It does not come easy. Has to be raw talent! I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you!
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/18/2022 9:01:00 AM
Thank you Milt. This poem is a complete overhaul and total refit of an earlier poem (now deleted) I wrote when I first joined Poetry Soup in late 2019. I wasn't too happy with the original but much happier with this. I appreciate your comments as always. Cheers - Gary
Date: 3/18/2022 5:44:00 AM
Just when he thought he was over the hill suddenly realised that some of the old magic was still there. A happy ending to this touching verse Gary. Best of luck and enjoy your weekend. Tom
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 3/18/2022 11:11:00 AM
Oh no he didn't lol
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/18/2022 6:23:00 AM
Thanks Tom. Yes, spot on. The old magic remains no matter where you are... Oh yes it does! :) Cheers - Gary