The Audience


In the first place
it was Helen Mirren
{Helen Freaking Mirren}
who plays the Queen
more convincingly
than the Queen herself.

Second of all
how lucky were we
to afford this ticket,
to have someone give this as a gift
or to find a ticket on the sidewalk.

Third of all
the woman who placed her coat
over the back of her seat
was in her eighties,
not in her thirties
like you.

Fourth of all
her small jacket did not
cross the boundary, enter into
the territory you felt
to be yours.

Fifth of all
when you said, “Excuse me”
in a voice of sharp rocks
and rage, when you pushed
her coat into her seat
as she watched wide-eyed,
you told us everything
we needed to know.

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