The Play


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens: blackbird, tree, pantomime, whirled, whistling, barbaric, bawds, pierced, moving, snowing, afternoon, rhythms


Blackbird looking from the top of the tree
People assemble from their back alley
Barbaric whistling from the gatherings
As the players clad as queens and kings
The ladies and their bawds on their break
They’ll make it up later on with their take
An afternoon off to see the pantomime
And why not, anyway, it’s their downtime
The stage whirled as they change scenes
Nothing obscene as folks look at the screen
Piercing sound from the scream and shout
The advertising code is being flouted
Fun with rhythms as the play continues
An old man having his afternoon snooze
As it starts snowing and the night begins
One of the characters plays the violin
The performance moved the audience to tears
One of the best plays they’ve seen in years


For: Sunday Photo Fiction and Whirligig 34


  1. Dancing Echoes · November 22, 2015

    That is pretty amazing. Well done!

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  2. Sunday Fiction · November 22, 2015

    I really like that. A good way to spend an afternoon.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Keith's Ramblings · November 23, 2015

    That’s pretty well like what it was like when I saw a play there! Thanks for bringing back the memory.

    Visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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