Prose - Are You An Actor?

Are You Acting?

What if I thought things that would shock you?
What if I wanted to do things you never thought of?
Could I tell you?
What if you thought things that would
shock me?
What if you wanted to do things I never thought of?
Could you tell me?
Will we ever know?
What if we spent our whole life thinking past each other?
What if a smile was really a frown?
What if a frown was really a smile?
Go ahead
Be yourself
I’m not afraid of you
Don’t be afraid of me
Don’t play a part
Play your life
If you are someone else
Then be someone else
I’m ready to be who I am
Can we be different?
Can we still be together?
Don’t say what if
Don’t say I wish
Just be what if
Just be I wish
I’m one inch from your face
Am I making you uncomfortable?
Then do something about it
I just want to know
Are you an actor?
If you want to dream
Then dream
If you want to cry
Then cry
If you want me
Then come get me

 

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ChrisLincoln 6 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

I normally hop right on over the poems, but this one simply grabbed me. Love it.


light82 6 years ago

nice


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Chris and light....


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

"don't be - I wish - just be yourself", that is great Mark and would be even greater IF more people could understand and follow the simple concept


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thak you Petra... in my view it is our insecurities that hold us back... children are dominated by peer pressure and as we grow we have to peel back the layers that we applied in our pursuit of popularity.


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aware 6 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

I think that parts are played for the actors sake . Not so much a attempt to hide from others . but to hide from oneself. i think most people want to appear like the person they could be. the person they should be the person they wish they were. thought provoking poem

good job

ray


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

Shakespeare said " We are all but actors on a stage..."

He was right.

The secret is...we can choose to "act" like ourselves. No filters.

Trick is...first, we have to know ourselves.

This is a fine poem.

CP


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Aware - Once again I thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

Yeah it's hard to be who you really are. Maybe some of our thoughts need to be suppressed but I think relationships suffer because the couple can't or won't be honest about what they want. Not in a complaining or selfish sort of way but in a "let's live" sort of way.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Christopher - Like Aware I have to thank you for consistently reading my new material. We do act quite a bit: at work; in front of our children; maybe around our parents... but there's got to be at least one person in our life that thrives on who we really are.... Is that too much to ask?


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littlesecret13 6 years ago from inside your mind

I love it!!!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you little.... maybe you need to not have a secret! Ha....


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Neverletitgo 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

This is awesome! Suburban, you are one of those people I like to see all the time at the hub pages. I can say easily that you inspire me whenever I come to your hub. Keep up your good work my friend. Thank you for sharing your talent.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Never - you are too kind... this stuff just hits me and I go with it you know?


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

WONDERFUL! Pure, real, unmasked is the poem and hopefully the genuineness & authenticity it may inspire! At the very least, it may peel off a layer or two of "act'.

Those "what ifs" are the real keys to what IS.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nellieanna,

Thank you... acting makes people feel better. Children play pretend and so do adults. Some people don't like who they are. That's a shame...


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

A very thought provoking poem, thoroughly enjoyed your words. Thank you.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you acaetnna... maybe this kind of encouragement can spice up a relationship... hopefully it doesn't open up a can of worms...


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Yes - both children and adults enjoy make-believe and it can be fun and add spice to various parts of life. There is a difference, though, in that and seriously trying to BE what one is not and/or to convince others one is. The results can be more grim if the pretender does believe the pretense or if others do. Children can enjoy "play-like" but need to understand the difference as well.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nellieanna,

There is role playing and there is the fear of being yourself. In this case I am trying to ask the other person if we are ourselves or not? Do we have the courage to be ourselves and possibly risk everything? In time we all come clean because our true nature cannot be suppressed for long.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Yes, I quite agree, SP.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Nellieanna:

:)

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