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WE ARE THE GREEN ROOM

 

My maiden voyage across the seas of creativity started here

Nervous newcomer gulping beer

In order to calm myself down

Dreading the thought of being boo’ed out of town,

Never to put pen to paper again,

I wondered if I’d gone insane 

Thinking I could entertain

With anything I had to write down.

 

But there it was, applause, laughter, acceptance, cheer,

Celebrated with even more beer,

But not to drown out any sense of fear.

The Green Room Greenhorn virgin sci-fi storyteller in rhyme,

Had such a fantastic time, he had to do it more and more

Too many thoughts, ideas and poems to unleash

I was a monster storming the slams and every open mic within my reach

 

Any poet in a storm – any venue that would have me and my poetry - Arthur was on his way,

But The Green Room was always my favourite stage to play

And I could never forget how Creatures Of The Night

Inspired me on to write, write, write,

And despite many hobbies I still put most of my time

Into navigating my way round the Seven Seas Of Rhyme.

 

But now the ship that saved me is sinking

While her Bards rhyme on

The Green Room funding’s gone

And I find myself thinking

The unthinkable – the unsinkable Green Room, sinking, sinking, sinking.

 

It’s not the Titanic. We will all survive. I will survive – it’s more Gloria Gaynor than Celine Dion

Our hearts, thoughts, dreams and love will sail, fly and float on,

Our poetry will endure, of that I’m sure

But mine may sound a note of bittersweet remembrance 

For that which was taken from us – the place my mind learned to dance,

 

We few – we once so happy few, were there

With Rosie, Rod, Dominic, Chloe, Gerry, - we share

The essence of the Green Room, which made us who we are

And no matter how far

We go we can never forget Manchester’s greatest stage

She’ll influence our every performance and every page

 

As we take to new cabarets and shows

The audience will look up from their rows

And see the spark of fire in our eyes

And those in the wise

Will whisper ‘they played the Green Room’.

 

No one goes down with the ship – we will all survive, think don’t sink, and become truly unsinkable. We gained immortality in the hearts of those who saw us play such a wonderful arena –

 

Farewell, Green Room, it’s been an honour.

 

Written to commemorate the closure of the Green Room performance space in Manchester, a venue and bar that provided many of Manchester’s greatest creative artists, poets and cabaret performers with opportunities to boost their careers. The poem was performed there a month before the closure and many listeners and readers were deeply moved by it – an effect I’ve never achieved with any of my other work to date.

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