“Love is an Act, and That’s a Fact!”


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“I’m here to audition,” I explained to the old man,

He remained sitting, he didn’t bother to stand,

“So you’re the hot shot actor,” he said with a smirk,

“Do you think you’re made for this line of work?”

“I’ve had good reviews, so I think I’m good,”

“You’re playing opposite that young singer,

Her star is on the rise,” He shook his finger,

“Before you get too content, let me vent,

And perhaps there’s a problem I can prevent,

I’ll tell you a little story that happened to me,”

He was at the casting desk;  I had to agree,

So he told me how his story came to be,

With sweeping gestures his hands flew,

Telling the story dramatically, as only he knew,

“Our two lives converged in a moment of time,

The world was our stage and we the cast,

Expected to play in a love story with passions prime,

It was meant to be ongoing for a lifetime,

But somehow my starring role was surpassed;

She was the consummate artist in her prime,

She became a new persona, with skills so vast,

In the moment I got caught up in the story line,

Believing I was hers and she was mine,

She played her role and I was outclassed,

Two lives diverged in that moment of time,

My chance at glory so quickly passed,

Her career was still on the climb,

A riveting actress with skills sublime,

Her stardom was sure to last,

In the moment I became lost in the story line,

Believing I was hers and she was mine,

In that moment I lost my heart,

I was real but she played a part,

In that one moment my world stood still,

All my dreams were fulfilled,

Now I see love as just an act,

Whimsical, not matter of fact,

And all the world is a stage,

Where love is the rage,

It’s just an act,

That’s a fact.”

With his story over he picked up a broom,

And quickly swept out of the room,

Just before a woman entered and looked around,

“I hope that old man didn’t bother you much,

He tells a crazy story about his acting and such,

He’s been the custodian here for ages and ages,

I’m not sure he even gets any wages,

He thinks he’s in love with a certain actress,

I think he was overcome with stress,

But in his case, it’s just an act,

That’s a fact.

Now don’t worry about him,

I want you to meet Kim,

In this love story she’s your co-star,

She’s good and I’m sure she’ll go far.”

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23 thoughts on ““Love is an Act, and That’s a Fact!”

  1. In that moment I lost my heart,
    I was real but she played a part,
    In that one moment my world stood still … I love these lines!!!

    • Blaga, you made my evening! Now I’m all fired up and I should be sleeping. Oh well, I’ve got several stories and poems just waiting to chase me around.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

      • It is painful peeling off one layer at a time, ripping away secrets so closely guarded. But, dear one, I will try to keep you entertained.

        May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  2. All the world is a stage! This reminds me of the janitor (Fizzy) character in the musical Bugsy Malone. He does a beautiful song “Tomorrow.” The lyrics:
    Tomorrow/Tomorrow never comes/What kind of a fool/Do they take me for?
    Tomorrow/A resting place for bums/A trap set in the slums/But I know the score

    You lose your heart to her, Fizzy lost his heart to dance. Maybe it is part of the human condition to lose our hearts at some point.

    • You would think that someone would learn but no, it’s a never ending saga. I would agree with you. It’s part of the human condition.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  3. Hey Dan, here’s my favorite lines:

    Now I see love as just an act,
    Whimsical, not matter of fact,
    And all the world is a stage,
    Where love is the rage,
    It’s just an act,
    That’s a fact.”

    Shows how much you can wrapped up in the whirlwind of love only to find out its just an act. Sad and beautiful all at the same time. Thanks for sharing. I like it a lot.

    • Thanks for stopping by and giving me encouragement. I posted four poems this week and wasn’t sure which ones to enter.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    • Fun writing this one. Almost chose Run Where the Flowers Grow but it was sad.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  4. All the world is a stage. It’s not only actors who act. Everyday, lovers put on their masks and play their parts. It’s sad that love has become a game. My hope is to be the exception. (And I know there are exceptions.)

    You always write poetry with such intriguing, interesting stories that reflect reality.

    • One I posted yesterday, “What it is, it is”….I think you’ll like. One I’m working on I’m a little worried it’ll be controversial. “The Preacher and the Music Director’s Wife” is long with two parts and possibly with two endings. I’m still deciding.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  5. Thanks for contributing poetry potluck week 20, support us by visiting and commenting for a dozen poets starting from our latest entries, 201, 200, 199, 198, 197, 196, 195, stop when you feel that you have enough.
    cheers.

  6. OUCH!! Now I am really wondering who was telling the truth… phheeww!!
    A very poignant read, Dan!! And those rhymes worked really well!!

    A good one, this!!! And that sure is a fact!!!

    • Thank you, Kavita. It was a fun poem to write. I wasn’t sure who told the truth either.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

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