An Ode to Reality

A Poem by Allison Lemel

Routines begin
Wash, makeup, try to appear thin.
Designer top, glazed persona
Let’s see who can bring the drama.
Turn on the camera, the lights
So they can capture all the fights.
Miss the old days, when things were normal
Things didn’t always end in turmoil.
They’re back again, time to roll.
Smile, cry, doesn’t matter the toll.
Just make every second matter
And don’t look any fatter.

Allison Lemel is a writer and performer in New York. In addition to writing, Allison has stage managed over 80 productions, as well as assistant directing. She performed her one-woman show, Places Please, in the Plus One Solo Festival with Tongue in Cheek Theater.

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