the gentlemen caller

tonight i witnessed great theatre.

four actors, listened, and spoke

with compassion and courage.


a director planted moments of

humanity and longing in a time

signature previously unknown.

i don't stand often when the

curtains fall, in these our

broadway halls of fame, but

tonight my heart was full with

stories shared amongst us all.


the chatter resumed soon after

the lights buzzed bright and loud,

but eyes and souls were not as dry

as when we first entered the door,

nor did the stage ever go fully

dark, but three remaining candles

burning there now still, still burning,

keeping wake at the edge of water.