the stage lights come up

on the vibrant set of

mind boggling complexity


& beauty

everything absurdly real

under the hot lights

the changing colours


the swirling patterns


the breathing vitality


such a show!

such a spectacle!

the actors are forgotten

& the script is forgotten

directing is forgotten

the stage becomes it all

characters bounce off the walls

or creep through the grass


plotlines plait long & thick

elusively alluring

what a show!

what a world!

when the curtain falls

the show is over

it wasnt a rehearsal

the curtain falls

and all is plunged into darkness

and all is buried in black