a prophet speaks (her name on the chalkboard)

sticky carpet

a hubbub
and babble
all around

smoke hanging lazy
in the air

so much
smoke

an environment designed
for speaking
not
for listening

not really
for listening

a young girl
shuffles
across the stage
to the lectern

gains a small circle
a small ripple
of attention
from the nearer crowd

she is wearing
a hospital gown

little more

looks to be
affected
by dope
or other drugs

maybe
hospital drugs

royal park
is a notorious psych bin
and is not too far
away

not far enough
away
really

perhaps
she has waked
from ward
to spoken word
stage

as she begins
to speak
the sounds system
booms
silencing the room

rambling

babbling

ranting

weeping

eventually
she is helped
from the stage

a little support

a little
push

a large round
of applause

spoken word . . .

call it
poetry
if you must

appearances on the stage
in five minute
bursts

taken in order
from a list
marked in white
on the chalkboard

like water
after a splash
sound reinhabits
the space
dragging the smoke
back
to cover all

the microphone
is quiet

brooding
between readings
as another name
then
another
is crossed off the list
on the slate

~

8 thoughts on “a prophet speaks (her name on the chalkboard)

    • Yes, Liz. It was that kind of place and scene. Very richly populated with a full range from society.

      I met my future wife there, nearlytwenty years ago. Will always have a soft spot for that particular venue.

      Very close to a metropolitan psych hospital though. A little uncomfortable, sometimes, for a psych nurse slumming it at the poetry.

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