What the spotlight hides (30 July)

You may take a turn at all the parts,
suit up for all the unauditioned roles
in this single-hander with you as
acrobat, juggler, clown, fool

but first of all
master the trapeze.

Your greatest foe:
who knew?

This angry gray wire threatens
always slipping,
each from the other,
your legs slipping as they
strain and flounder in this
tug-of-war with fifty falling eyes
you rather would see
baying, booing, saying

than this indifference,
inclined to wander and drift
just as this thin line leaves you