acting on one leg

a friend of mine is a one-legged man
who once was an over-weight thespian
fell on the stage in rehearsal
broke an ankle
picked up an infection in the hospital
lost his leg

he is a jolly man
who runs to two new prosthesis every year
removes the current choice from time to time
in sock and shoe
to stand alone on his work-desk
painted in the stripes of his football team colours

occasionally he throws it at someone
to catch them unawares

sometimes I feel that I have missed the catch
off-balance and destabilised
like a one-legged actor
whose exit stage-left
is a fall
amid a tangle of forgotten lines
and missteps

© Frank Prem 2002

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