Friday 9 June 2023


When actors are in rehearsal they will often have a person whose role is to supply the correct line when the actor forgets or fluffs the script. I was recently asked to be the prompt in a production and this poem arrived as a result.

today’s unique selling point is that when words fail us

we can call line

and the appropriate dialogue will be supplied

all we have to do is repeat what we hear

and this drama that is our lives may continue until

the next person fluffs their speech

the director tells us to take ten

we look at each other and wonder what to say

What I like about it is the idea that we can simply go through life being fed lines and that we do not have to think. Yes, I know, life cannot be that simple [or empty]. We have to do the real work for ourselves.

Astrid Gilberto died this week. I was a long time fan, having grown up listening to Bossa Nova in the early 60s. I leave you with her timeless music. She will be missed.

Until next time.

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