I watch your body language deciphering every tumult and delight I recite
I wonder if my angst or joy excites you, if it make you feel alright?
In that microcosm it matters not to me, I need to dissect these inner demons
and squashing their mastery of fear and rejection, is my newfangled treatment
I’ve recognized that it’s not about me or you, it’s how we meet up in the middle
I needed my echo to make me powerful enough to pick up my pen and scribble
My voice is the stage, the spot where we engage with each other
We applaud the colors, and embellish the lightning and thunder
My mind, like yours, had succumbed to the fears of this empty matrimony
My hands sodden like a facet, the tremors rippling, underpin my testimony.
Laptop in hand gets paired with my stares, my tongue relished in a chocolate kiss
Wrappers everywhere, cocoon-style living, while getting prepared to fight the abyss
I stare again and again, now noticing the shadows in the stools have faces
the faces have a name, my breath becomes too short and my legs start to pace
Their lips unmoving, still their murmurs travel, they mock beneath their breath
Inside me those old cacophonous sobs begin to well, until my eyes feel death…
What’s left of this dead star in the hollow gutter of a dying universe
As the spotlight fades on existence, the air gradually is taken over by a curse
The leftover halogen glow from the previous performance still lingers
With ethereal bloats of stagflation still dancing, I hope my confidence triggers…
The expectations from sharpened stares is they will appear as ominous,
and those piercing eyes, those constant piercing eyes…will riddle confidence.
Those are the weapons made to stop humans and tame monsters, true,
but anymore these days I cannot decipher between the two.
Such hollow pulls of ephemeral pistols have led to clear pressing dangers
Like who is this ghost I see on stage, may as well have been a stranger
That mirror in the studio apartment right next to the bathroom, is it sating?
maybe the only audience I need is me, but that critic holds no weight and—
now I see you all, as little morsels of that same old conviction
and me upon this dais, to you, it may seem as a contradiction
But I was you, back there, filled with reticent retort for courage
I was the socially inept one in the group, I was the socially malnourished.
My pressed feet upon the stairs have given up, descending toward disease,
those footsteps cascade amongst this darkened maze of human trees,
each turn deeper into the cataclysm, each move of probabilism becomes reliant
to bid farewell to stage fright, to the rise of spotlights, to this cert of me, and I am defiant
My therapy since that disgrace is a confluence of manifold, inspired data
I craft it on this stage like an alpha, while you sit and listen like a beta
In my mind’s eye I try to perceive you all as dearly creatures, yet inferior
It helps me dress you up a tale or verse for a whimsy-minded interior
My part of shame is how I let myself endure the pain, now my pen stains
The paper plane that I write in vain, and I’m open-heart like a locket chain
I share these grownup verses, so you learn the truth before the hearse begins working
Yes, I stood in front of that mirror in rehearsals, reciting my sermon for the curtains
But first this promise I must keep, this story I teach has some perturbations reaped,
Straight back postures I need, from your chair cushion I can raise you from your seat
From this stage I trace out theories and charts for all your question marks
Like raised halos atop your heads where your hair parts, I scout your nous’ then start.
I find you are enamored with me, the nights your lights are in need of some luminosity
Your eyes like spotlights pop and focus on to me, then inundated with curiosity
One lucid swoop, your ears perk, and I stand proud to raise you past the clouds
And if I’m allowed to peruse your mind, without doubt I’ll continue my tale aloud
I know of you, you’re scared, thinking those bright lights and glares will engulf you
But they are only lights, and light shouldn’t scare you, not anyone among you.
Those lights are meant to empower you, the scared you, to impregnate through the viewers
this spotlight that exudes a profound life, a future, is one the audience must humor.
You must make them humor you, even if it is by a cursory glance or a reviling glare
Believe it or not your words and presence they hear them, see them and they are all the flair
that you’ll ever need. Stand tall with conviction and don’t let that empty stage light
overcome your might, you are strong, believe in yourself and conquer this stage fright