Curtain Call

Focus on the center, shining

White and blue gelled frontal

Lights. Arms level, angled

Up, offering to the dark

Room a pie of oneself.

Legs crossing behind

And knees bending

To meet the toes they

Know – and all the while

The claps and chants

Would drive all badness

From the face – and we’d

Smile, we, a new family,

Hands gripped, step forward

And the applause never ends.




THIS IS THE TAROT CHALLENGE, a 78-day writing challenge where everyday I pick out a random card from my tarot deck and write something about, against, inspired by, based on the card by the day’s end. The works can range from poetry to fiction to drama. When the card is from the major arcana, the title of the work should be the card name. When the card is from the minor arcana, the title can be different but the card drawn should be revealed at the end.