I Want to Play
Poem for Day 187 – 20150706
I want to play a man,
act the superior weakness.
Walk the stage with exaggerated
confidence and aplomb.
Inside I would shiver with fear,
shy and unsure of my true place
in the drama that is my life.
I want to play a woman,
voice the exerted strength.
Work harder than most must
to accomplish the same things.
Inside I would be exhausted,
wanting rest from the pace
while I struggle to run in place.
I want to play all the races,
embrace the majorities
within each minority.
Inside I would see same trials,
the lesser members pulled from the ranks
as the elite find their rightful place.
I wanted to play all these things,
to try a different costume for a time,
to speak the lines of another one,
in a sad attempt to broaden myself.
There I found myself at the end,
tribulations embraced by each,
as the lights went down on the stage.
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