Audition

Enamoured of the shallow glamour

……….of famous actors on the screen,

…..she answers an ad, eagerly agreeing

………………..to attend an audition.

The address that she’s given looks inauspicous,

……….but ambition prevails over instinct.

…..The man with the camera says

………………..she has natural talent,

adding, with a sideways smile,

……….I’ll make you a star.”

…..With gnawing shame and a little persuasion —

………………..helped by a skinful of drink —

she wears what she’s given,

……….then takes a deep breath, 

…..to prepare herself

………………  for her first audition,

not seeing that it will lead to 

……….repeated sleazy agreements and rumpled sheets 

…..until her original ambition

……………..  .seems like an over-blown notion.

Unwilling, but hungry for riches and fame,

……….she suppresses all memories of helpful suggestions

…..and, malleable to his wishes, 

………………..she kneels.

.

A wisp of titian hair floats free,

to tickle his quivering knee.

.

©Jane Paterson Basil

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18 thoughts on “Audition

    1. One day when I was walking along a quiet lane, I met a man with a camera. He said he was a freelance photographer, and that if I let him take photos he’d have no trouble selling them – he was sure there’d be a career in it for me. He took some photos, then asked me to rake my top off. I said no. He told me I ‘had what it takes’. He was right. I have what it takes to run from danger.

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      1. I am not 100% about the subtlety, but after reading much of your work, I am getting a better understanding of your Views and Thoughts…therefore, I just connected the wordings of past with present posting and revealed the future, that resulted in this Unsettling Tragedy.

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