Good Acting

The performers take words
and make them into art.
They find the heart,
the crux,
the kernel
of truth in between the lines,
under and above them,
and all around them
like swaddling clothes
blanket Baby New Year.
Deferring time,
they can hold a moment,
suspend us there comfortably
in the sling of the make-believe.

Magic brims in their eyes
tearing with mirth,
or sorrow,
or a sneeze.
They set my emotions free.

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