Saturday, August 31, 2013

To Mom: The Show Will Go On.

Race to the moon, civil rights, protests in the news.
A New year’s noise on copper-bottom pot and pans.  
Sloppy Joes served as chairs rattle loose screws.
The times they are a changing. We’re making plans.
Black & White programming of political views
Swimming lessons, coloring books and Kool-Aid stands.

Church keys opening Shasta flavored pops.
Little theaters and museums of the arts.
Stainless steel counters with built-in stovetops.  
School clothes filling up shopping carts.
Historic sites, parades and hometown teams.
After school the Stooges, cartoons on television starts.
Barnaby, Captain Penny, Jingle-ling, Holiday themes.

A Baby Grand piano, trumpet, banjo, drums and guitar.
Sterling Silver, Bunnykins, Royal Daulton Figurines,
Screwdrivers. Cigarettes. Makeup. Jelly Jars.
Time, Newsweek, Life and Look Magazines.
Board games. Sparkling wine. Martinis. Chanel Number 5
Steak and SauSea Shrimp at dinner in the pantry nook.
The remarkable and mystical Edgewater Drive.
"Do your homework. Kitchen is closed. You know I hate to cook."

Backyard sunning for a Coppertone tan.
Extensions a plenty, never far from a phone.
Reading a book and drinking Coke from a can.  
In the Wonderful World of Ohio you’re never alone.
Cedar Point, Sandusky, a Summer cottage rental.
The Football Hall of Fame, Mystery Hill and Firestone;
Buckle up and away we go in the Lincoln Continental.
But first, “No ice cream in the car. Finish your cone.”
Ordinary things, of which we become sentimental

“I’ll do anything for you kids - as long as you remember.”
Silver goblets, meat loaf, tuna casserole, chicken soup,
Hough Bakery cakes from Spring until September.
On a continuous loop.
The birthdays, they come and they go.
We remember the routine and the ordinary.
How did she know?
A life lived and a life extraordinary.

Read, Enunciate, project, pronounce
Improvise the method. The talent is a fact.
Study, debate, articulate and announce.
You must believe, if you think you can act.
There are no small roles. You’ll stand out among the rest
Listen to the words and listen well,
“Oh honey, you always know what’s best.”
When to pause, when to gesture, you can always tell.

To Dream the Impossible Dream.
Everything is rehearsed: scene by scene.
Coffee cup and saucer: Black. No sugar. No cream.
The play is a hit, but what does it mean?
Acting, directing and winning your heart.
The final curtain. Bravo! The audience is for you,
“Always do your best. Understand. Play the part.”
Carry on and excel in everything you do.

Thunderous enthusiastic applause.
As cheer and joy arise.
The audience approves without pause.
Good to know, but not a surprise .
Prepare and be ready for your que  
Face each day. The show must go on.
You know exactly what to do.
House lights go up and suddenly you are gone.  

We are an ensemble cast.
We knew that one day,
The performance would be your last.   
You were great Mom; it was your way.
On to the future, with regard for the past.
The show will go on.
Thanks Mom.
We will go on.

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