Snow Blanket in the Spotlight


There was a spotlight shaded red, pointed

toward the center of the black floor,

surrounded by black walls, sheltered by a black ceiling from

the slow pitter patter of February sleet falling outside

the theatre we actors had aptly named The Black Box.


It was February in the south and for once the weather had been


Consistently frozen.

But the windowless space that encapsulated the box provided no

implications to the winter wonderland forging itself outside.

The only escape would come from the worlds in my head

and the realities I projected on set.


Did anybody ever really believe they were someone else? Or was it

the unknown secret that the key to reciprocating Our own Towns is by making an audience

believe that you believe

when ya’ really don’t.


But maybe

just maybe

What you believe is true becomes truth when you present it on the stage,

and what proceeds to weave and unfold as the story flows

Is a journey nobody can deny existed.


But I’ll probably never know what’s real here.

I’ll just have to believe that what I hold true is true



it will be.


Like the frozen roads waiting outside this hot black stage

Truths will become a thick frozen slab stuck to my personal history,

entitled me.

The door seemed to call to us as we struggled to remain in

the red overglow.

It would be a simple task to switch my presence from the red heat to a blue freeze.

To believe in what I believe.

And so I ran, to think outside of this box,

to feel the warmth that can only be cherished in the winter wind chill.


WIth a coat over my shoulders trudging through the thick Okie snow,

I truly believed in me.


Grant-Grey Porter Hawk Guda

Powerful expression. Always let poetry fill your life. Keep expressing your heart.  

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