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excusing the difference

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On this cold and wintry day …

along the Atlantic coast


When my son went to school, we often went to theatrical presentations at the school.  The young people were so talented and the presentations so well executed, I often went away with the lines of a poem running through my head.

One evening performance was particularly memorable and inspiring.  It was a production of Romeo and Juliet, and in this ‘version’ Rosaline was given an on-stage role.  Rosaline is the character who does not appear in Shakespeare’s play but has a background role as Romeo’s first love.

The young lady who played the part of Rosaline was memorable for her costuming and her on-stage presence.  She was dressed entirely in black Goth except for her hair – bright pink.  I remember her soliloquy – she begged us to look past her difference and see the person within.


pink roses




her hair

a stroke of pink

on the brown audience


more compelling

than the script

or the decorated stage

not surprising to see her name

on the program



in the part of Rosaline


in black but for the hair

even her lips

implore the audience

to pardon the difference

to understand


if only he had lived


she, of course, the heroic one

not Romeo

or Juliet


not the dead

but the left-behind


last rose


Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

January 29, 2014 at 9:17 am

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