April 2023

Two for Tuesday

Claudine Jones | Scene4 Magazin

Claudine Jones

take 15


It's been tough

we're nervous

a week out

rehearsal after rehearsal

   that would sound better

   if it wasn't flat



hanging over our heads


Taking our little break

something glues me to my chair

I don't even walk out across the room

instead, eyes slowly scanning

there's a peculiar clarity.

Every face

talking laughing

looking down in their laps

   checking a phone

or some of them eyes closed


At once two intense women

who knows what they're gossiping about

One facing me

Dutch-boy haircut, dyed

violent dark purple

   small face

   heavy horn rim glasses


The other woman leans in

to say something

   maybe semi-private

Haircut's mouth

takes a wicked curve

downward open wide


Is it shock? Amazement?

she's frozen that way for a few seconds

then relaxes as if she knew

she was being observed.

   does it matter?


You weren't aware

of the anguished face you aimed at me

when I first saw you at the altar

—50 years ago next week—

    a seeking probing forelorn look.


Whatever else happened on our wedding day

I captured that expression (fear or shock?)

like a photograph.


It came to me just now

    you looked the same in your coffin.



* * *






reaching the end 


of everything everywhere all at once

some seconds into the credits



a realization building


any dead person

that comes up: 


starting with my mother 

my sweet old college roommate


my dad

my guy


everybody from the past



and myself 

as with others



family friends


anyone who'd be

still around when I'm gone



not gone.


same for them

as for me


rocks off the cliff 



even less

no physical contact


none of it 

no reaching


no effort no distance

no talk no agenda no plan


every angry word

every thought 


all transparent 







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Claudine Jones | Scene4 Magazin

Claudine Jones has a long, full career as an Actor/Singer/Dancer. She writes a monthly column
and is a Senior Writer and columnist for Scene4.
For more of her commentary and articles, check the Archives.

©2023 Claudine Jones
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