Treasure Island

Jessica Holter

(11/11 / California)

What if Don’t Nobody Come?


What if Don’t Nobody Come?
A Poem for the Pre-Show Jitters

You think all the theatrical heavy hitters
never had the jitters?
Think twice.

If don’t nobody come to see you perform tonight
It’s all right.
Your words will not change
You will not lose resonance
The stage will not cave in and fall to the earth’s core
Burning you alive until you die
In a moratorium of simile and prose
You will not fail
Unless you fail yourself

If no one shows
It’s OK
I promise
The show must go on.

You have covered your venue
Taken care of the sound man
Run yourself a rehearsal,3 times
In anticipation of this night

If no one shows.
it will be all right
you’ll see

Just remember,
to get yourself a camera man
so you can sell the DVD

Jessica Holter

Submitted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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