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Gyppo

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« on: June 12, 2019, 01:50:56 AM »
Star

Once, when working at a TV studio
I had a gold star on my dressing room door.
There were real porcelain sinks,
three-angled make-up mirrors,
hair driers which worked,
and a lockable wardrobe for clothes.
Luxurious padded chairs
with full tilt and turn.
The walls a soothing green.

Down the corridor the rest of the troupe
bumped and jostled in half the space.
Clothes piled on nails in bare plasterboard,
trampled on dropped makeup
and changed costumes with casual nudity.

Once ready I ambled down to see them,
missing the banter, the sweat,
the friendship, the bad jokes.,
and the shared pre-show nerves.
We were more at home in tents,
or the backs of road weary vans
at village fetes, the natural home
of the travelling showman.

They trooped up to my room,
some still only half dressed,
where they goggled at the luxury.

I looked at the star on my door,
relieved it was only temporary,
hanging tenuously from Blu-Tack.

Gyppo
« Last Edit: June 14, 2019, 10:23:04 AM by Gyppo »

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Re: Star
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 02:44:50 AM »
Love the last stanza--not certain what blu-tac is but I suppose its something like the goo that temporarity sticks things to a wall and the name brings to mind the word tacky which tips the reader off to the N's frame of mind. A temporary glimpse into fame and isn't it lonely at the top. Nice contrast between the two appointments and the choice by the N. Comaraderie over luxury

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Re: Star
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2019, 10:45:17 AM »
You're right, on all points.  Blu-Tack is a kind of non-clinging putty.  A bugger to deal with if it gets trodden into a carpet, but otherwise fairly harmless.

I've quite enjoyed my few brushes with fame.  It's a fascinating place to visit.  But I wouldn't want to live there full time.

I have a lot of sympathy for heroes who tuck their medals away in a private drawer and would rather not be reminded of those few dramatic moments in an otherwise ordinary life.

I am reminded of some of the old time actors who managed to have a private life when they were 'off-stage'.  Unlike most modern celebrities who can't step outside their front door without being photographed doing the most mundane and everyday things.

But despite being a loner by nature I generally enjoy my time with groups of like-minded individuals sharing a common purpose.

You can't be a good 'people watcher' if you're obsessed with your own image, watching everything you do.

Gyppo
« Last Edit: June 14, 2019, 10:48:33 AM by Gyppo »