Hiding On Stage



It’s been said “all the world’s a stage”

and we are merely players,

but the social media rage

spawns just soliloquy sayers.


Moments that real actors pray for,

their stepping into the spotlight,

arranged by director du jour

and captured in a perfect light.


Little pearls of polished wisdom

hitting their marks front and center.

Scenery chewed and hams become,

when the diva egos enter.


On a real stage, the spotlight shows

all the good, but also the bad.

But you’re the only one that knows

when your laughter is hiding sad.


For who wants to take the spotlight

to flub a line or ugly cry.

Show our world when life isn’t just right

Somehow let our character die




29 Responses to “Hiding On Stage”
  1. beth says:

    what a different experience acting behind a screen can be

  2. kristianw84 says:

    Love the opening line! Who doesn’t enjoy a little Rush in their poetry? 😉

    Love the poem though! It’s very true, the “performers,” we see on social media only allow us to see what they want us to see. Thsnk goodness for the brave ones who aren’t afraid to put it all out there. The good, the bad, and the ugly! Lovely, as always!! 😘

  3. WildHeart says:


  4. Jim Borden says:

    there’s nothing like live theater; I have great admiration for those who can go on stage and share their talents with the world, in real time…

  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Very good Brad! Loved it! And it is oh so true my friend. You are a very gifted writer whose work I truly enjoy! Have a great evening and stay safe.

  6. Wiangga says:

    hiding on a stage.. wow. brilliant indeed.

  7. jupitergrant says:

    Wonderful, Brad, and this in particular–

    “But you’re the only one that knows

    when your laughter is hiding sad” —

    is a brilliant piece of genius. 👏👏👏👏

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