I’m New Here

The flustered and perturbed actor carefully took the mark,
squinted at the spotlight and wondered if it was flattering.

The actor opened its mouth to silence,
shook its head and tried again,
and again nothing.

The actor stood its ground—
squinting into the bright light,
opening and closing its mouth
like a degenerate goldfish.

The goldfish circled its bowl,
corkscrewing in and out of the light,
and once resigned to finding nothing
barked “Line!” at a nearby PA.

The PA stared back,
slowly and blankly.
The actor twitched in puzzlement—
that was the right one, right?

I’m new here,
it’s an act the actor
wanted to shout.

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