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Friends; Some I Didn't Know

The audience awaited with bated breath for the show to commence,
You could’ve heard a pin drop once the soundtrack faded to silence.
A single click echoed, from the rafters a solitary spotlight shone,
There I stood in front of a sold out crowd….. act one scene one.
I cleared my throat and composed myself for I had a story to tell,
No prologue needed, the theatre travelled with me when I visited hell.
A few days after we saw in the new millennium, our journey began.
In the blink of an eye, a naïve young boy grew into a brave young man,
As I retell my story of how tragedy stuck, of how I was forced to grow,
Silhouettes listen from the seats furthest back, the friends I didn't know.
I've regularly occupied their thoughts, they felt my pain when I bled,
Faceless angels who prayed for my well-being when the disease spread.  
Slightly in front of the anonymous sit those whose role had been miscast,
Residing in distant memories live the faded faces from my past.
It'd been years since I had seen them, maybe decades since I'd spoken to,
Their hearts still skipped a beat upon hearing what I was going through.
As I lay my eyes on who occupies the next few rows, I smile and reminisce,
Delighted to see the grown-up faces of the kids I went to school with.
Remembering the good old days, my childhood flashed before my eyes,
Until I hear the haunting sound of a once happy classroom start to cry.
As I recite the darkest chapters of my life from my harrowing perspective,
The eyes of the audience start to fill, tears stream as they begin to relive.
Memories comes flooding back, the good, the bad, the happy, the sad,
We temporarily revisit the past, staying there too long would only drive us mad.
An intermission breaks up my story, a brief pause for fifteen minutes or so,
Back to reality momentarily before continuing on with my one man show.
Picking up where I left off, I see the friendly faces from the village I call home,
Ours is a caring and close-knit community, not once have i ever felt alone.
My various social circles all overlap and merge as they sit side by side,
A beautiful scene of diverse friendships united, too many tears they've cried.
With them, the parents and siblings of my mates whom I see on a regular basis,
Standing in front of them all I feel like a local celebrity, I almost feel famous.
Nearer the stage, a row of inspirational people sit looking up at me,
Hospital buddies, they're a specially extended branch of my family tree.
We're a family of friends, bound not by blood but by something beyond,
It’s our experiences which are relative to the strength of our bond.
Filling the front row, I smile proudly as I see my best friends and family,
The most important people in my life, these people mean the world to me.
They chose to walk along side me on this journey, in it for the long haul,
I truly understand the value of family and friendship, I cherish them all.
So supportive, the pillars of strength that kept me positive and strong,
The reasons why giving up wasn't an option, they kept me fighting on.
My nearest and dearest, they picked me up when I was at my lowest,
Those closest to my heart, right by my side when i got my diagnosis.
My dreams seemed impossible, I found nightmares on scans and x-rays,
Dark clouds made tomorrow barely visible, but I'm here to see you all today.
I had a happy ending, it was worth the three hours you have listened,
To hear me declare with the widest grin "I'm over ten years in remission!"  
No epilogue needed, my statement was the perfect full stop for my story,
I'm scarred and I'm disabled but I stand in front of you, in all my glory.
Lights shone down on the auditorium, I couldn't see a single empty seat,
My performance ends, and as one the entire audience rose to their feet.
Sharing my night with you all has been amazing, every minute I've adored,
With a tear in my eye, I start clapping, each and every one of you I applaud.
As my applause continues, so elegantly the men bow whilst the women curtsey,
Before the curtain falls I take a photo, I always want to carry this image with me.

18 May 14

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