Gayle Sweeney

Rookie - 42 Points (1955 / USA)

The Play - Poem by Gayle Sweeney

I was a young child about twelve or so with dreams.
In the one act play 'Impromptu'
Tony, one of the characters, wasn't at all a cynical -
He dreamed instead.
The play was the one chosen for summer theater at the high school.
The plot was -
The audience would be arriving soon
In the hall.
The actors
Had to come up with a performance without a script,
Out of nowhere, out of the dark.
That's how I recall it.
Tony was a spark.
I was the audience during the rehearsals -
Just me alone and captivated.
It was summer theatre at the old high school auditorium,
Built in 1906, with wood floors
And side balconies up high, facing each other - two of them.
The auditorium has since been replaced
With a new state of the art one.
Once after a rehearsal an actress from the show
Asked me if I wanted to go
For a coke at Woolworth's local 5 + 10.
Not far from the school and the grass was green.
We went down to the store
In my hometown of Woburn.
The store is no longer there.
We sat on the stools and we both ordered a cold glass of coke.
On the hot summer sunny day.
In those moments together I truely gloried and was happy.
To this fond memory is where a lovely childhood dream
Took me!

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 21, 2010

Poem Edited: Friday, February 10, 2012

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