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Every Theatre Hosts a Ghost

by LindaAnn LoSchiavo

How ignominious to die onstage.
But drama’s rule book states: shows must go on.

Most thespians’ careers flash, fade, upstaged
By fresher fame. Obscurity looms, dooms.

But restless souls of actors, ham or star
Alike, are known to haunt old dressing rooms,
Become sly backstage spies. Thus all theatres
Install a ghost light, superstition’s hack.

Where else do actors feel at home? Ghost lights
Greet old marquee names, blinking “Welcome back!”

Copyright © 2020 by LindaAnn LoSchiavo

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