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Poem: Stage Fright

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Poem Summary

Stage fright describes the feeling she has when she is overcome with stage fright.

She hears a quiver shaking in her voice and wants to run and hide but her feet feel as if they are glued to the floor.

She remembers granny saying to picture the audience in underwear and it actually works.

"Barbara Streisand discusses her ongoing battle with stage fright as she readies for an upcoming tour" by AP ARCHIVE

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"Stage Fright"


A feeling of queasiness
in the pit of her stomach,
skin flustered, burning hot,
taking a sip of water,
gasping one deep breathe.

She fearfully staggers upon the stage
standing in front of the mic,
but hears a quiver shaking in her voice
as she begins to utter words.

She wants to run and hide
but it feels as if her feet
are glued to the floor,
when she remembers granny saying
“to picture them in underwear.”

She believes this is waste of time
but has nothing left to lose,
when suddenly the words come tumbling out,
and the corners of her lips turn up,
for ole granny
knew a thing or two.

"How I Beat Stage Fright" by Joe Kowan

© 2020 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 05, 2020:

Gypsy,

Stage fright is a common problem for most of us.

So glad to see you reading my work.

Have a great day.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 04, 2020:

Thank you for the inspiration. I used to have stage fright as a child when I had to recite poems or appear in plays. I am glad I do not have to worry about appearing on any stage now but it is good to know how to conquer the fear.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 23, 2020:

Amani,

Thank you

Amani Utembu from Nairobi -Kenya on August 23, 2020:

Really inspirational

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 18, 2020:

Prithviraj,

Thank you.

I look forward to reading your work.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 18, 2020:

Lora,

Sounds like you know this feeling well.

Let me know if it works for you.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 18, 2020:

Liz,

Thank you.

It is something I have always been told.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 18, 2020:

Cheryl,

Thank you.

I suppose it is a big different.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 18, 2020:

Lorna,

Yes, Granny knew a thing or two.

She always had alot of wise tales to teach me that I guess most people don't believe in.

I believe Barbara Streisand had problems with stalkers also...so that would make one quite afraid.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 18, 2020:

Rosina,

Thank you for reading.

You definitely understand overcoming stage fright.

Sorry to hear you had to leave your job.

I believe you enjoyed it.

Talk with you soon.

Take care.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on August 16, 2020:

It's an amazing idea to conquer stage fright. Thanks for this inspirational poem.

Lora Hollings on August 16, 2020:

I'm certainly familiar with this feeling as I always got stage fright as a musician when performing in front of people. Only instead of my voice, it was my hands that would become shaky. This is an amusing poem with a very good suggestion for easing our anxiety! Next time, I have these feelings, I will remember your poem, Brenda. Great write!

Liz Westwood from UK on August 15, 2020:

This poem clearly conveys the scene. I love the remedy that comes to the aid of the performer.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on August 15, 2020:

Thank you for this interesting take on stage fright.

Lorna Lamon on August 15, 2020:

It's hard trying to overcome stage fright and I was surprised that Barbra Striesand suffered with stage fright. I suppose if you picture the audience in their underwear, it makes them as vulnerable as you. Granny did know a thing or two. Loved this poem.

Rosina S Khan on August 15, 2020:

This is a fun poem. I know we all have been through this kind of stage fright at one time or the other in our life. I know I have and got over it after I have been in teaching field and had to conduct classes in classrooms and labs at the front. I miss those days but this is life. I had to leave my job. Have a great weekend.