Standing Ovation

Lonely woman on the stage
hear the applause of those caged.
In the audience of desperate souls,
lies the heartbeat of a withered rose.
Clap of hands and cheers of woe,
bows of rejection, tears exposed.
Down the river of a life of rain
as you smile and smile again
hiding the hurt, playing the role
that supports your masquerade show.
In the spotlight, face askew,
masking what is really you,
act the act and juggle those balls
until the world around you falls.
Bring the darkness, clear the room
there is comfort waiting in the gloom.
As the curtain closes 'cross your face,
time will take and then replace
all that seems like elusive gain
will escape in the silence of your pain.
Lonely woman on the stage
hear the scream of plight and rage.
Take your bows and roses too
for that is all that's left of you.

Kathy Lockhart

Poetry by Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2007-01-05 at 01:36

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This is purely amazing. This is the first time I have ever been speechless. *bookmark* this is the first time i have supported the editor in their choosing.

2007-01-18 Moods The PoetBay support member heart!
i don't know what to say in response except to say this is exceptionally well-written... it really touches... bookmarked.. *hug* xx

Very creative

Phyllis J. Rhodes
You have involved everyone in this, the performer, the audience and the reader. It captures us all and we are taken into the act. We must become part of it because it is too strong to resist. It's a living thing of great strength. I'm just in awe of it.

Amanda K
this is an awesome piece. descriptive poems are hard to write but i see that you did it very well. you captured my attention by the theme and how you delivered it rhythmically and skillfully.

first bookmarked on 2007,

Great poem. Really heartfelt and rings true. Well done! :)

betsy Firefly
A very meaningful poem. I'm sure so many women feel like this when they come home at night to their lone bed...

This piece really draws you in--beautifully written, the imagery and emotion is so real..

Wow Kathy, simply, wow.

standing ovation to you!

lastromantichero The PoetBay support member heart!
hey Katherine wonder woman wonderful poetry wonderful poet and a beautiful lyrical patterns well done rgds mike

Christian Lanciai The PoetBay support member heart!
Wonderful, just wonderful! Bookmarked.

Zachary P. B.
reminds me of something i lived once... intriguing sense of deja vu.

nice to read you again - z.

this is one of your best!! wow,,I am in awe
just amazing..I KNOW IT!!! :)))
loved this my FAV!
love you

Oh my sweet heavens! THAT was something special right there. I was absolutely ENVELOPED into your beautiful, BEAUTIFUL and drowning-in-brilliance piece. I am a drama man, and this poem reaches me. So very good. And of course...


Thanks for writing my epitaph Kathy!lol Excellent...I like the stage entrance and her performance is impeccably realistic! Smiling at you, Tai