How to avoid being a victim of ‘Audience Participation’

22 Apr

For day 19 of napowrimo

The steely eye of Mordor
Sweeps out from on the stage
Looking for a victim
With whom he can engage

Do not make eye contact
Do not move an inch
He’s looking to humiliate
Anybody he can pinch

He’ll joke at your expense
He will make you squirm
Know that he’s a vulture
And to him you’re just a worm

And everyone else, how they’ll laugh
When he’s taken you for prey
Their laughter – ecstatic relief
That it was you – not they

So do not make eye contact
Be small and bow your head
If that demon showman gets you
You’d wish that you were dead


8 Responses to “How to avoid being a victim of ‘Audience Participation’”

  1. Crow April 22, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    Sauron the stand up comedian.

  2. paula graham April 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

    Brilliant and so well observed and so true.

  3. Ally April 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

    Loved this, so true. Audience participation truly is the stuff of nightmares. I think I’ve perfected the art of avoiding eye contact throughout my school years.

    • BRH April 22, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

      Thanks Ally! It fills me with dread too! Thanks for the ‘like’

  4. Karina Pinella April 22, 2016 at 10:48 pm #

    Good one! You just inspired me . . . be on the lookout for the next . . .

    • BRH April 23, 2016 at 10:24 am #

      Cool! I look forward to it!

      • maggie877 April 27, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

        This is why I never sit near the front!!


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