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God Put the Ha! in Abraham

Perhaps the stage is a birthplace-
who would want to be born
in the balcony,
the mezzanine,
or the orchestra pit
when the spotlight eludes the audience?

A spectator cannot be a leader-
who would want to follow the silence
of a critic,
a fan,
a casual observer
when life imitates the art?

Could the theater contain the truth-
who would want to learn
from a stage hand,
a set designer
or a lighting technician
when the dream was recorded in the script?

One day we’ll acknowledge the director in control-
who would want to see a show
with no timing
no patience
no structure
when the true performance is out of our hands?

Indeed, the actor deserves a new name-
who would want to be identified
as a celebrity
an award winner
or typecast
when perfection lies in the hypocrite?

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About R. Ward

A husband, father, teacher, and struggling man of God.

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