Audience of One

April 4, 2022

Written by Anna Thornley

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Artwork by Becca Benoit, inspired by the book cover for "The Man Who Died" designed by Alvin Lusting. 

i want a 
stage i want
to stand with
all eyes on
me delivering a
ted talk about
something frivolous like
celebrity baby names
or reading a 
poem so moving
the eyes looking
back at me
are wet with
tears their wells
glowing in the
dimmed light i
want everyone to
look away at 
once so i
can have a
moment to myself
i want you
in the front
row watching me
watch you i
want to wear
one of those
jackets that is
also a dress
made by someone
up and coming
just for me
i want applause
and cheers so
loud that i
can’t help blushing
and bowing awkwardly
i want an
audience of one