Descends the Drape

by Mike (Binary Rhyme) HeffernanInherit Character Poster - Sillers

Descends the drape
guillotine of the run
celebrated and mourned
in voices loud and whispers soft

The whine of tools
Passes the set
to bones and vacuum

The cast’s final exodus to home
while from the ashes rises
the next

It lives on, the run, immortal
in memory and legend
a thousand moments
and bonds new found or renewed


This poem was written after I got home from the theatre on the closing night of “Inherit the Wind” at Ottawa Little Theatre. As the final curtain fell, it seemed, in a flash, to be an executioner’s implement – bringing a final, irreversible ending. It goes through my mind every time a production closes.