I'll play the part of someone else...

by Heide McAlister-Bates

...someone who isn't bothered
by the words I don't hear.

I'll get into character
so I don't feel the fear -

One laugh away from comedy
lies tragedy -

So I smile to keep it at bay,
then gradually -

I'll take centre stage

Read from the page

Hit all my cues

Get rave reviews

Suspend disbelief

Feel the relief

When I'm blinded by the spotlight
and can't see the truth.


Posted on 05/15/2006
Copyright © 2020 Heide McAlister-Bates

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Dave Fitzgerald on 05/16/06 at 10:11 PM

A BAFTA trophy in words, love the image. Well done mate, glad to see you posting again.

Posted by Julie Adams on 05/17/06 at 07:33 PM

this is a great piece...the movement and flow are delightful, and the reader hangs on your lines, one at a time...perhaps the dashes distract a little, but overall, the feel was rhythmic and engaging...well done, nice read, looking forward to reading more...hope u don't mind me adding you to my friend list...peace, *jewels*

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 05/19/06 at 08:33 PM

Hi Heide. Like this one, too. Great end-line! Nice writing.

Posted by Karl Waldbauer on 05/21/06 at 05:29 AM

Heide, this is good, really good!

Posted by Sandy M. Humphrey on 05/22/06 at 09:54 PM

If the reader takes this literally or metophorically this poem has great imagery and meaning, great write...I love the way the title just works into the start of the poem and you into it from the start. smh

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 05/24/06 at 12:06 PM

I love this poem from start to finish- just great!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 05/24/06 at 04:37 PM

I agree with the other commentors, especially Sandy. Wish I had written this...glad you did...and shared it with the world!

Posted by Jared Fladeland on 07/03/06 at 08:55 PM

as an actor, I loved this. I relished this. I wanted to die in the marvelousness of this and have it wrapped around my tombstone as my dying words (I'll quote you properly, of course). do you know the saddest part of most actors? We get so wrapped up in ideas of what's good and bad that we forget to have fun in the work we do. and that's the worst thing I can admit to you, as an actor. There's so much stuff we shouldn't even think about, but we do. and so much greatness is sucked out of us by it.

Posted by Dave Fitzgerald on 11/27/06 at 10:46 AM

Congrats POTD!!!

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 11/27/06 at 06:16 PM

Congrats on an excellent potd Heide!

Posted by Alicia Vann on 11/28/06 at 12:04 AM

I love this. Congrats on poem of the day.

Posted by Elizabeth Seago on 12/14/06 at 09:03 PM

Fantastical. :) I added this one to my faveorites.

Posted by Junemarie Roldan on 05/22/08 at 07:36 PM

You hit the nail on the head. I'm adding this to my favorites.

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