The Show Must Go On…Right? Asking For A Friend…

The show must go on…

That’s right, isn’t it?

It must…

But why must it go on?

Asking for a friend…

Who decides what lives or dies?

Figuratively speaking of course…

Does anyone care if the show goes on?

Contracts unsigned

Performers in limbo

Just a few arrive for practice

The rest, well no one is sure

Names still on the marquis

Biographies and histories

Aged photographs

Lots of people wondering

Are they ever returning?

Has the limelight gotten too dim?

The stages too worn

Audience too thin

The crowds more like a small gathering

But enthusiastic and engaged

They keep coming

Hoping

Maybe silently thinking

That this will be their last show

Enjoy the acts for a final time

And then quietly go…

Slip away to that unknown place

Perhaps they’ll find our missing performers

Ask them why and when and what the reasons

For going away, that is…

When going on appears to be going away

But on occasion

Someone long lost suddenly appears

Full of zest and ready to perform

A star is reborn…

Whispers among the crowds

Could it be?

Might is be?

Is there a chance that more will follow?

Acts unseen for years

Joining the few that have never wavered

Oh the joy

Lines at the ticket counter

Conversations and visitations

And for a few days it seems as if all is well

At least until they go…

Lost again to the ‘who knows where’

Voices gone silent

Emptiness once again creeps in

Empty seats

Empty accounts

The nagging feeling returns

Could the show continue?

Will it?

Should it?

R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all.I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed.I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another.I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me.I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

2 thoughts on “The Show Must Go On…Right? Asking For A Friend…

  • August 6, 2018 at 8:44 PM
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    Like life, the show does just go on, with us or without us. Interesting take and well expressed Ralph. Enjoyed it.

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  • August 7, 2018 at 9:34 AM
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    Interesting perspective indeed, all the entertainers that have come and gone. Performed their acts to crowds. brought happiness, sorrow and tears to many a fan. Where have they all gone, such talent now laying beyond the other side. A return would be wonderful, but like ashes from a burning log, they fade into the air, having left their mark here on earth. Maybe life is just to form memories then fade away. I say bring in the clowns to lift all the rippled faces that exist today. I know the show is going on Ralph, but for how long is the never ending question. Well penned and enjoyed.

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