Neil Higgins

Jealous Ego

It didn't start out like that.
But it was too easy to steal your pride.
I waxed lyrical about how good you were.
Yet with trepidation all bowed inside.
Your amazing delivery of lines and your platonic speech was applause worthy for all to hear.
Maybe at the bar I would have bought you a glass of wine,
or at the very least a beer.
Your demeanor was uplifting and you had a panache with just a dash of class that spellbound all the assembled guests.
Yet to me you are just that incurable pest,
with all your little foibles and way out expressions upon your face.
To task I have to say that you are a fine actor and that is indeed all you really are.
Yet beneath all that stage wiped makeup your true identity you stash under your wing,
and thus keep secure in a jar.
As they shout lights camera action,
you become that main attraction and glide effortlessly across the stage.
Yet if it were not for me and my musical genius,
you would never earn a crust and become all the rage.

Comments8

  • Doggerel Dave

    Neat smooth job you have done there, Neil. Very much enjoyed.
    Your ego, or someone else's, for me is a little unclear - and I'm sure that is the way you wanted it.
    Your connection to theatre also continues to remain unclear - and I continue to be curious....

    • Neil Higgins

      Not based on me Dave.I do know one or two "luvvies" who fit the bill however.
      "Me me me.Am I not wonderful?"
      Er...

      • Doggerel Dave

        Must be the provinces, Old Boy - the London West End pros I bumped into (bumped into? well, yes - once and very nice she was too) back stage aren't really like that.....

      • dusk arising

        Stage managed to a cliffhanger of identity...... Without your score would they score at all?

        • Neil Higgins

          Without music,a play is hopeless,unless it's outdoors,as in Shakespeare,etc.
          Even more so when the composer is better than the actor,can friction arise.

        • Neville


          I so get this .. but get this, in spite of such insight, an air of uncertainty and mystique persists ... yes sir, I so get this ....................... well scripted Neil ..

          • Neil Higgins

            "Suis-je pas le meilleur acteur depuis le pain tranché"
            No!!!

            • Neville



              you are a fine baguette sir 🙂

            • Robert Haigh

              We all have egos, choose however humble we may think we are. Sometimes mister ego can end up running the show, if we are not careful!

              • Neil Higgins

                Seen it too many times over the years Robert.
                "Is my hair on my head not sublime.Do I not perceive that the audience loves me.Surelly they do"
                Well.....?

              • Paul Bell

                I suppose it's all ingredients. The musician needs the singer, like the singer needs the musician. Though, the musician is definitely the talented one.

              • Neil Higgins

                They are like chalk and cheese,but as you say,need each other.of course Shakespeare's words,Fear No More,put to music by Patrick Doyle,in the movie,All Is True,is an exception,in my book.But terrible music and great acting,or terrible acting and great music,is a recipe for disaster.Especially if the "luvvie" thinks otherwise 🤣

              • Fay Slimm.

                That's telling the ego a thing or two Neil - - methinks just the words to address the luvvies out there who think they are the real cat's whiskers

              • Neil Higgins

                Many thanks Fay.The ego that thinks allowed,and says "am I you? Are we thus joined.Is my mind better than you? Or vice versa? Your music is ok,but my acting is sublime.Wait,thus.The bell rings for the curtain call.Lets discuss later"
                Oh dear.Far too deep here I think.



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