I see you there.
Are you looking? Can you see me?
I’m performing. Don’t you see?
(I act like I don’t see you, but I do.)
I’m moving; I’m swaying; I’m smiling; I’m laughing; I’m staying in the lines; I’m following all the rules.
I’m doing it all for you, my solitary audience member.
Look at me.
Look at me!
Yes, I’m aware that there are others in the room, but it doesn’t matter. I don’t see them. I see you.
I hear the applause…the thunderous applause…but it’s all just noise. Irritating noise that interferes with hearing you. What if I missed something you said!? Are you saying something? What was that? I can’t hear you over the crowd…
Yes, yes. I see that ovation out of the corner of my eye. Sit down, people! Can’t they see they’re blocking my view? Are you still there? Are you standing?
Are you impressed? How did I do? Are you there? Did you see?
Are you leaving?
But I’m not done. The show isn’t over. Come back! There’s still more performing left to do. Stop! You just haven’t seen the best part yet.
LOOK AT ME!
And then – just like that – you’re gone.
Oh well, there’s still an audience left. Surely they’re still here. Right? Right?
“I was single-minded and I had tunnel vision.
Now it’s time for a change.”