Joined the Theater

The man left the man’s life and joined
the theater where he could be free
he would’ve joined the circus
if the circus were around
but it’s not.

His name was Henry Noyes and the boys
would ridicule his name with a game
they’d make him make the sounds
of every barnyard beast
’til he screamed.

He dreamed of wearing costumes on stage
as medicine for rage at reality
but at the age of sixteen he was
forced into a job
cleaning windows.

Then all day every day with his rags
and squeegee he’d stare at the glass
repeating scenes from Shakespeare
or advertisements
or improvise.

[chorus]
Cast from one world
face at a time into another world
everything said is a said world
scene at a time it emerges unfurled
believable.

Soon life was a face in a mirror
his eyes and mouth were carriers of clarity
for Henry some days passed too
fast in comedy or horror
some scripted.

At night he would watch old TV
and DVDs of all the old plays
at twenty-five he had a life
of great roles in his head
in his heart.

A listener to noise Henry heard
the butcher and the barber telling jokes
he heard the vendors and the drivers
telling all the secrets of
other folks.

Hard work all day long all alone
he found himself grown but lost in time
at thirty-five he found a bar
where arty people gathered
where they mattered.

At forty he was still washing windows
but got some parts and he did okay
the two parts of his world were
mixed like whisky and cabernet
explosively.

Cast from one world
face at a time into another world
everything said is a said world
scene at a time it emerges unfurled
believable.

The man left the man’s life and joined
the theater where he could be free
he would have stuck around and
moved up in the company
but he’s gone now.

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