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Life is comparable to a book
Which would make today a page
Don't dream of the drama unfolding
Act it out upon the stage

If the stage is your lonely room
And the theatre is your home
Then why not be the protagonist
Heroes never die alone

If you are treading those boards tonight
Then be careful how you go
Show the world and open your mind
To learn things that remain unknown

And if you are the director
Make sure the cast know their lines
If their actions stray away from the plot
Then cast them out of your life

If you are seeking attention
Awaiting ovation from the stalls
Be sure to do something worthy
Before the last curtain falls

Our fallen hero or heroine
Will rise for their final applause
Unlike a play we've no such luxury
For us there will be no encore
I have just started a group called #TheDesireProject for poets.

Join if you like. It's still very early days but if enough people show interest it could be very cool :)

ps. i have no idea how to run a group lol :D
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KikuMizu Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Ooh, I was in theater programs as a kid so I could really understand this one. Quite clever :)
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   General Artist
Thank you. I would love to be on stage but I always imagine i would be so nervous and forget my lines lol :)
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KikuMizu Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
I was never anything too important. My high school did Grease one year and they had the band on stage instead of the pit but that was the most important thing I have ever been, though I almost smacked the girl singing the song I had a solo in because she pretty much doubled the tempo and therefore my notes just sounded like a slur. Got to paint my face orange once as a background character, stuff like that. I would look into it and try it at least once.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013   General Artist
that does sound really cool. Grease is one of my favourite movies of all time :)
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KikuMizu Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
They had fake cigarettes that blew out powder when you puffed it. And then we were fortunate enough to have a choreographer who would come in and helped us with the big dance scene. I felt a little bad because before my grade  (and maybe a few above) was the golden age for the choir teacher, who was amazing, and then when we left, she was left with very few powerful voices and double timers (band and choir like I was). The main reason I did Grease though was the band teacher could only get one tenor sax, me, to do the part and she, a trumpet player, did the second part. She always had the bass and drums covered and the choir teacher always did the piano. Sadly, I think the audience could only hear her at times because she hadn't played a tenor sax in Thirty-FIVE years and squeaked until the last few performances.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   General Artist
it must have been awesome having choreographer in. We never had anything like that.

So cool that you play the tenor sax too. I play guitar myself and am trying to teach myself piano. Love the Grease soundtrack too.
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KikuMizu Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
I learned piano first, though all I can remember to play now is carol of the bells and not a very hard one. It is easy to find music for both the piano and guitar but harder for a sax unless you go into jazz. Thankfully, that is all I did in high school other than marching band. Grease isn't as hard as it sounds but you would be amazed at how little of it we had in the play. Our bass player had to play the little solo bit but we went along without it for the rest. Then again, what other play is there that has only two tenors as their woodwinds...? Awfully strange.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013   General Artist
yeah, not much popular music seems to have saxophone nowadays. Its a shame because its a beautiful sound. I love Gerry Raffertys 'Baker Street'.  That alone would make me want to learn sax lol
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mentalandlovingit Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful, a fantastic representation of a fantasic and deep lesson that we should all learn to live our lives by.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   General Artist
i hope so :) when i write these things i am sort of trying to tell myself to do things too lol

thanks for commenting :)
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NykiiLynn Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is awesome.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
thank you! :)
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Broken-Blues Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
wow this is really amazing Collin, i haven't read a poem in a while but this has really woke me up and inspired me (:
i love it, I'm going to print it out and stick it on my wall :heart:
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   General Artist
aww thats so amazing to think my poem is on someones wall! :D

thank you sooooo much :)
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AkashasDreamworld Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice!! Love it!
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:iconrifle1980:
Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   General Artist
thank you! :)
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AkashasDreamworld Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're very much welcome! ;)
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SkyeSteiner Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Writer
Clever analogy and rhymes:iconbravoplz:...I'm don't know if I've said this before, but you're a regular Shakespeare :)) A totally enchanting modern day Shakespeare--wait---I mean Collin

and....

Eeeep! A group by you! I'm in!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   General Artist
:D aww you are so so kind.

I am just about to do a journal saying that the group will be a bit slow starting. It takes a bit more effort than i had thought lol

But I do have big plans for it with a friend of mine :) you can join now if you like but not much will happen for a week or two.

I will do a journal when people can post on it :)
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SkyeSteiner Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Writer
Oh you know, I thank the English language because of your poems
They're just that fantastic
Oh and I'll be prepared when the group is ready, thanks :)
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   General Artist
thats so reat to hear :)
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ConvictionbyLarm Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh that's incredibly wonderful ! I love it. It's one of the most lovely poems I've read. It feels like it's just a part of my heart. I was playing on stage for two years. Now I've some work at school and I haven't enough time to continue acting, but anyway I remember all those moments in practising our roles… As we acted together as one big voice we were a team which supported each other.

Thank you so much Souljacol for this poem ! You are really talented. I think lot of people are feeling the same way like I do, when I read line for line. It touches our hearts and souls. It describes really well what life and theatre is about. It's not all about being glory and perfect, but a way of life. It comes close to Shakespear's philosophical idea of life.
Fantastic! Have a nice day !
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
hey there :)

thank you for such a lovely comment, i was blown away!

it still amazes me to hear when someone is touched by something i write.

i have never been on stage myself, but would love to. I always worry i would forget the lines lol

you have a fantastic day too!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Interface Designer
If you need any help running a group let me know :hug:

Oh and I recommend you mark ~hardworkforone's comment as spam.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
thanks for that, i will keep your offer in mind :)

oh i am getting so sick of these spammers. I did a poem called 19 Year Old and it got crazy the amount that were on there. I always block them and report them as soon as i can :)

thanks again!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome :hug:
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Svitavotara Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Very clever! This poem is also quite touching since it actually reminds me of something x3
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
Its nice to hear it touched you :)

thanks for the comment!
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wonderlandmasquerade Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   General Artist
I love it. So well put in terms of how life and theater can be so much alike. I especially like the last stanza. (I believe that's what it's called in poetry. Correct me if I'm wrong.) I think it wraps it up very well. All in all, wonderful :)
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
yep, stanza is correct. As far as i know anyway lol I am not an expert unfortunately.

thank you for your kind words, i really appreciate it :)
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LordShein21 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Nice.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
thanks :)
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crystaldawn38 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Beautifully written!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
thank you! :)
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Tiffany-Luna-Strike Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
This is awesome! I love extended analogies, and this one is particularly striking. Nicely done!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   General Artist
thanks so much! :)
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steampunktransbot Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
this is amazing..
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   General Artist
:) thank you so much
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steampunktransbot Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
no prob, thank YOU for the lovely read
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MySocksRock Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Well I think when running a group make sure it is open for people to join :P I can't join your group silly! And I will help you all you want.. cause I am awesome like that and since you are one of my favorites I'd do anything for you.

Your poem reminds me of one of my most favorite quotes ever. "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players"
~ Shakespeare

My very first internet screen name ever was Player.. because of that quote... unfortunately people thought it meant something else.. hahahaha
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   General Artist
lol I wondered why no one had joined. Thanks for that, i think it might be sorted now lol fingers crossed.

Yeah, its a great quote :D

haha thats like me when i started first job telling everyone my email address was ColXL. I was so innocent but all the girls seemed to think XL meant something else lol
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MySocksRock Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
hahhahahhaha
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Wilpery Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, cool!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   General Artist
thank you! :)
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lolopetpet Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Amazing :D
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   General Artist
thanks :D
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extremerebirth1 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
pretty cool, I'll apply this to life. The word is my stage along with everyone else's. Why not try to put on the best play possible.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   General Artist
thank you, very well put :)
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HarleKlown Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love love love this!~ :heart: So perfect!!!
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