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Behind the Curtain

Waiting Their Turn

By Dan R FowlerPublished 13 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - November 2023

Behind The Curtain

It’s not for lack of words or thoughts within me,

That I hesitate to tell the tale within my head I see.

Countless figures aligned in rows standing toe-to-toe,

Speechless, motionless, breathless and cold.

Spirits beseech me as they’ve done before,

Using nightly touches, whisperings, all in accord.

Be willing to know that which is beyond this door,

One of sorrows, lamenting songs, tales of yore.

Yet I hold my peace finger pressed against my lips,

As my soul seeks comfort, from faith’s fountain sips.

It’s up to me whether said characters animate,

To sing or dance upon my stage that I make.

I watch them watch me those objects in my mind,

Ones that console me or frighten me or treat me kind.

Waiting lifeless, heartless, and soulless willing to be alive,

Empty pages, vacant lines, they remain willing to survive.

Pen in hand, ink well filled, fingers poised,

I touch seducing parchment redundancy to avoid.

Swirling, dancing, mimicking no longer devoid,

Of life’s gifts that make them alive and overjoyed.

surreal poetry

About the Creator

Dan R Fowler

Dan R. Fowler. https://www.amazon.com/Verge-Dan-R-Fowler. Grandfather, author, poet. Completed 40 novels since 2017. Screenplay being shopped by Voyage Media, LA, CA


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  • Grz Colm7 days ago

    Excellent and evocative poem! Superb job. My brain always struggles to rhyme for some reason but I enjoyed yours here.👏

  • Daphne Sampson10 days ago

    Congratulations on your top story it’s amazing poem!

  • Naveed11 days ago

    Congratulations on your Top Story, well deserved 🙂

  • Mr Ahsan11 days ago

    Excellent poem. Clear the mind

  • Margaret Brennan12 days ago

    Excellent comes to mind.

  • JBaz12 days ago

    I actually feel like this is a thought in ones mind. Well done Congratulations

  • This was so beautifully written! Such a wonderful poem!

  • Hannah Moore13 days ago

    I like this a lot- but I still want to explore what the hesitance is about!

  • C.S LEWIS13 days ago

    This is great work you can join my friends and read what I have just prepared for you.

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