A walk-on cast of thousands
swell the crowd scenes of my life,
hurrying to their other roles
as soon as my back is turned. 
No green room or dusty  wings
to rest between their takes,
removing make-up, yawning,
phoning agents, gossiping,
passing the time until my final act,
great denouement,
when they will purse their lips
and weep, then pack away their costumes
shrugging on cold air at the
stage door like an overcoat.

Maggie Butt

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