Image: Friends’ Central School: “I Hate Shakespeare” Middle School Play | Wynnewood, Pennsylvania | (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Center stage

Is life a stage
— each one a page —
a mere passage?
— ’cross which each age
makes its voyage:
acts out montage
of roles — on edge always:
to hedge against outrage
above av’rage
— lest personage
whose patronage
set stage, reads page,
should take umbrage:
bare the visage
of which no sage
has sure knowledge —
and what wastage
of lives’ footage

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