Saying Yes



How can anyone say 'Yes'.
To a doing and accept.
Without having the knowledge,
Of what from them is expected.

And then in the midst to begin,
A belief to think easy.
From observing it done,
By others made to look that way.
To discover and find difficult.

'How much time and how long,
Am I given to research the 'character'...
You are expecting me to perform?'

'Well...
Tomorrow,
You will receive the play.
Read it from beginning to end.
Learn to memorize your lines.
And those of others in the cast.
To have the entire play ready to present,
Within a month!'

'Whew...
That's not difficult at all.'

'Make sure you learn your lines.
As they are written.
Since the author will attend,
Our first rehearsal next week.
With probably additional words,
And more lines to learn.'

'I thought what we were doing was a play.
You know...
Like play acting.'

'Exactly.
We are playing to act as characters.
To perform in a play.
People will come after they have paid,
Presented on a stage.
And left to forget the actors,
Who made the characters and play...
Believable enough to see it again.'

'Uh...OH!
Suppose I forget a line or two?'

'Suppose you are then dragged off stage.
And replaced by an awaiting understudy?'

'LOL...
That's funny.'

'Drop a word.
Drop a line.
Then wonder why the audience,
Has found a reason to laugh hysterically.
You know...
Reality has a way,
To immediately distract...
The imitating of ART!'
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Written on June 13, 2024

Submitted by lpahtillah on June 13, 2024

1:34 min read
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Quick analysis:

Scheme xxxx xabcx xxx decfgxxx hx gbfxxx cEx aicxjicx xh ja da xxxaEcxx
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,415
Words 314
Stanzas 12
Stanza Lengths 4, 5, 3, 8, 2, 6, 3, 8, 2, 2, 2, 8

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5 Comments
  • Dianejean57
    Beautiful.
    LikeReply26 days ago
  • lpahtillah
    So much I appreciate the responses I have received for my poetic submissions. And, after so many countless of years too. I can only express 'thank you'. Lawrence
    LikeReply28 days ago
  • lpahtillah
    Hi, Dianejean...so much do I appreciate your comments. Yes. When time permits and soon, I'll read your submissions as well. Thanks again, Peace/Blessings. Lawrence
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • alexw.30385
    Your poem captures the essence of the challenges and uncertainties that come with saying "Yes" to new endeavors. It reflects on the expectations and pressures that accompany taking on a role or task without fully understanding its complexities. The dialogue within the poem adds a layer of humor and realism to the situation, highlighting the mix of excitement and apprehension that often accompanies new ventures. If you have more poetry or thoughts to share, feel free to send them my way! 
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • lpahtillah
      Hi, alexw.30385, thank you. This poem is more a reflection of myself. Yes. Many years ago, having interests in the performing arts, taking lessons in this and that. I loved to sing, dance and play baseball. I began taking acting lessons. Yep! Thinking it was easy. As I grew up, I was told my own words to say, was not accepted. I thought 'this' was acting. Now I realize how difficult it is to make look easy. It isn't. I don't say 'Yes' to anything anymore. Until I know exactly what's involved. Thank you again. Lawrence 
      LikeReply28 days ago
  • Dianejean57
    Beautiful.
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • lpahtillah
      Hi, Dianejean57. Thank you once again. Lawrence
      LikeReply28 days ago

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