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  November 2016
volume 13 number 2
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Walter Ruhlmann
November 2016



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    Walter Ruhlmann works as an English teacher, edits Datura, and Beakful and Urtica. He has published twenty-four chapbooks and poetry collections both in French and English, and hundreds of poems worldwide. His blogs and
Night Orchid




The final curtain has drawn while the guts spill on the floor.
An audience ready to digest what no one ever embraced.
The fright flourishes in the stage right, the fear knocks at the door.
Another god was born when the terraces erected and braced.

The light beams on the face of the clown as he dances,
coward and ludicrous, his pantomime is lost, still-born, jesting.
The sound echoes his steps, the cheers sustain his ease,
no balance, no coordination in his gestures, no organizing.

Yet the audience applause the loon at the end of his show,
a foolish performance no rehearsal could have made better
especially for a brainless child, an outrageous idiot.

The absolution came at a time he needed it the most, a flow
of laughters could not have made him feel better either,
he did not have to use his brain as his play contained no plot.

copyright 2016 Walter Ruhlmann