Denouement – Final Curtain

Summer’s curtain is drawing down

After what seems to me a short but successful run.

The critics have not been kind,

Too hot. Too cool. Too wet. Too dry.

Fingers point in many directions.

But let the audience be the judge.

Judgements are made not from what we are told,

But how the play unfolds

For those in the paying seats

And that, in turn, depends on where you’re seated

And expectations brought through the door.

Critics be damned.

The location, front centre, first row balcony,

Has been fine, just fine.

Sunrise with coffee near at hand

Invokes memories of summers past

And other, happier times.

That hushed moment before day’s industry

Begins to intrude on the mood,

Mad dogs and Englishmen

The only ones abroad.

You can almost taste the silence.

The curtains parting in the East

With teasing, tantalizing ease,

Birds sounding choruses from treetops

Declaring their temporary sovereignty

With hints of the drama or comedy to come.

Til the dawn’s full face rises on the land,

The footlights dim, the spots brought to full focus.

The chorus stands aside till called again

To augment the plot

Or bring down the final curtain.

A time ripe for rambling dreams to focus

On the thought that stirred you from your bed,

That drew you to this grand theatre,

To expand the possibilities of theme and plot.

The scene is set, the atmosphere revealed.

Now the characters step forth.

Since all of this is my own creation

How could I not be pleased?

A few more acts to follow,

A brief entr’acte for unruly weather

Or my desire to stay abed,

But summer’s brief fifteen minutes is almost done.

Then finale.


There is the certainty of a revival next season

Despite the critic’s yeas or nays,

Although my presence or absence in the audience

Is not assured, nor at times, desired.

I have paid for my ticket.

I am here now, and if the fates allow,


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