The Actress


Distractedly she contemplates her polished fingernails
As she tries to compose herself,
No place to hide
In this place where everything is bathed in bright light,
She shivers
Dressed only in her underwear;
‘Tho she is well rehearsed
A stone seems to have lodged in her throat
A sip of water, not much help to clear the obstruction;
She awaits the appropriate moment
Wondering how she will know when it is time to begin,
Anxious about the reception
Unsure if she should have come at all.

© photo and words by Pamela Ferris-Olson

March 1, 2014


3 thoughts on “The Actress

  1. Powerful, visual and insightful…
    The Bard said, “All the world’s a stage…”
    We are all thespians in life’s play, and at one time, or many, we share these emotions. Bravo!

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