Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Stage Fright

Daytime darkness
the trap-door
secret world.

Black as a cave down here
until you reach
the Bakelite switch.

Weak bulb reveals a pile of velvet curtains.
Stage-lights that get dragged out for the Christmas plays.
Wooden swords, shields. Wigs. Old-time coats and trousers.

Amongst this peculiar paraphernalia,
a perfect place for an illicit cigarette.
Footsteps crossing the hall. A scraping sound, a bang.

Is that the sound of the trap-door being opened?
No. The darkness remains uninterrupted.
But why then, are the hairs on the back of your neck beginning to rise?

6 comments:

  1. A: because of the Bakelite switch and pile of velvet

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  2. Think you're onto something here. Thanks Susan.

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  3. I was going to reply: because of the Bakelite switch, of course. (Bakelite, gateway to the spooky polymer universe of Synthetica.)

    But I see now Susan's beat me to it.

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    1. Yes, she's quick on the draw. Best detective I know. Thanks Tom. Case solved.

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  4. What is the saying...slow in the take?

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    1. I think I know the saying you mean. But you're definitely quick on the draw.

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