Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Nice Guy

I'm not a nice guy
but I play one on television.
You've seen my show.

I should win an Emmy
for fooling so many,
even if only

for half an hour at a time.
Anger fuels my acting,
sublimated rage

against my world,
against myself.
The balance is not easy --

to be perpetually pleasant
or let too much
of me, the reality,

through to my audience.
That narrow line
between interesting

and frightening is ever
the mark on my stage.
The nice guy knows his cues.

Stephen Brooke ©2011

a bit of throw-away free verse

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