‘The Actor’s Prayer’ by Francesca Cappelli The Society December 18, 2013 Culture, Poetry You came to life from dreams and thoughts and whispers. You were told and you were – forever true. The centuries have left you young and graceful. I come to ask you: please, let me be you! The one who thought you gave your words and accents. Sheltered by time, your words blossomed and grew. Yet you have got no voice: you’re always waiting For one. I pray you: let me speak for you! Your humble friend, your servant and your echo I’ll be. In me your portrait will be true. My voice, my eyes, the way my laughter rises: The things which make me me will make me you. Tonight I’ll bring your words out in the open, Tonight your life will shine, ancient and new. Our stories intertwined ignite the darkness. We are both so alive, when I am you. Francesca Cappelli was born in 1983 near Florence (Italy), where she lives and works as a history teacher in junior high school. Her interests and activities include writing, songwriting, singing and theatre. Some of her short stories and poems were published in italian anthologies. Featured Image: “David Garrick as Richard III” by William Hogarth. English actor David Garrick in 1745 in the titular role in Act V, Scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Richard III. This scene takes place just before the battle of Bosworth Field, Richard’s sleep having been haunted by the ghosts of those he has murdered, wakes to the realization that he is alone in the world and death is imminent. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.