the show must go on

no matter what they tell us.

gasping, screaming,

god knows what they're seeing.

the curtains fall down

and all is revealed.

lights blazing, faces red ;

"it's never easy," she said.

looking for a friend,

but knowing you're alone.

are you listening?

prepare. catch your breath.

and walk naked onto the cruel platform.

will you conform?

subject to their scorn.

our hearts mourn.

and i won't apologize.