…a merciless and glorious place (story in 160)


I’m afraid.

It’s dark out there.

But – I know I must go.

Alone.

Entering a world of scrutiny.

What if they don’t like me?

What if I fail?

The stage is waiting.

My daughter just finished a summer musical with a local drama troupe. I’m  amazed at all the dynamics that go into a production.  The feeling when the lights are on you and a full house is waiting… The momentary thought “What if my vocal cords gave out?” The stage is a merciless and glorious place.

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Thanks to Bobster for this great shot of the Alhambra Theater in San Francisco

*http://www.flickr.com/photos/32912172@N00/4751069533

Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. One of the many exciting things I've had the honor of doing is writing with an E. African team that is developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children (on all continents) who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

30 thoughts on “…a merciless and glorious place (story in 160)

  1. And yet, she stepped out upon it anyway!

    I have the utmost respect for performers…such a brave and generous gift of themselves, each time the curtain goes up.
    -C

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  2. Open your eyes and look around,
    Who Do not like you?
    do you lonely?
    You are for many only one ..
    so do not confuse greatness of single with loneliness

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  3. Yes, as brian said, “a good metaphor for life as well…”

    What if they don’t like me?

    What if I fail?

    Can’t count how many times I’ve asked those questions and I’m seldom on stage (in the literal sense).

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  4. Boy did that bring back memories of old opening nights. Great 160. I am sure your daughter’s performace made you proud. Thanks for being a part of the Sunday 160.

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  5. Oh yes.. the chills of that MOMENT!
    It’s not stage fright..it’s just plain FRIGHT of that particular moment… pheww
    And then, maybe an instant later, it’s all vanished and gone!
    A lovely 160 capturing that momentary fear just perfectly!!

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      1. For all the unquestionable prsoregs Western civilization has made these past several centuries we remain enslaved to a belief in our cultural superiority.We have a rich history of treating the peoples of Arab and South Asian nations as a lower form of life; a feral, second order of humanity steeped in barbarism that can only function under brutal, autocratic rule. This rather disgraceful narrative suits our purposes and justifies our continued support of truly oppressive, anti-democratic regimes such as Mubarak’s and the House of Saud. The actual motivation is, of course, to ensure security of our access to their sole resource of value, their oil.The evolution of democracy is an inherently messy business just as it was for us also. We don’t want that disorder, messiness, even spells of chaos in nations that fuel our economic engines. Better for us to prop up tyrants and look the other way.How would we, as individuals, respond to the same provocations and oppression these people have endured for the better part of two centuries? What if the shoe were on the other foot and it was Arabs or Chinese who had corrupted our oligarchs to rule us and deny our basic democratic aspirations? Would we be any less radical than the Arab Street is today?It is so much easier, so much more convenient to demonize entire peoples than to even try to understand what motivates them. It is no small irony that the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Democracy” has, for generations, diligently worked to thwart the outbreak of real democracy in so many places from the Middle East to Central and South America.Recall that Iran had a genuine democracy until that state dared to exercise its sovereign power to nationalize its own oil resources. Then the CIA instituted a coup, slapped the Shah Pahlavi onto the throne, trained a secret police, the Savak, that made the Gestapo look like pussies, and established tryanny in the pursuit of oil security. What kind of nation treats the people of another nation like that?Enough. This is making me sick.

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      1. “What kind of nation tretas the people of another nation like that?”A nation that aspires to drive Escolades.Our democracy is evolving? I suppose so. The process of civilization can only be measured in half millenium, so that is a fair statement. Sort of. I’m thinking of Dion and Iggs. The Roman Senate come to mind.Everything you just wrote is true. People need to read the truth. Even if they don’t like it.Ok, enough.

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