In the darkness we are all alone.
Turn off the light;
I am tired of tentative company.
Under the ochre glow
Their shadows are heightened
Along the patterned wood of the stage.
Their glances weave a trance
Off the slither of the music.
Beams in their eyes,
And in the spill of the stand I lurk,
Lost in the spotlight.
In the silence we are all alone.
Stretch my skin
Taught and resonant
That I may fill the dark
With my noise.
In their tapping I let my poisons thaw;
In their sways I found my jealousy.
In their smiles I abandoned my family
To a stream of applause,
To a nod, a clap across the face.
In their smiles I could pretend
That life doesn't crush me
Under my weight.
In their smiles, for a while,
I found solace in the dark.