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Remembering Rock And Roll

Singer unwinds wire from microphone
Fiddles and faffs
Testing testing 1,2,3
Audience move restlessly
Rosie sits all alone
Rosie rocks with face of stone
Dora drags Daisy by the hand
They walk incessantly, round and round.
Barbara perambulates
Wringing her hands
Staring, sieved mind longing to understand.
Rosie sits all alone
Rosie rocks with face of stone
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Audrey groans an endless monotone
Gordon grins
The singer sings.
Carers cajole
Touch shoulders
Hug and hold
The singer talks
It leaves them cold.
Rosie sits all alone
Rosie rocks with face of stone.

The singer tries, looking weary
‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’
Blank faces reflect back
‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’
Sorry, not possible, so much gone
Erased by the rubber of age
Important print an empty page.
People, places things to fear
Call, then fade and disappear.
Rosie sits all alone
Rosie rocks with face of stone.

The singer tries another beat
Rhythms rock
There is a tap of slippered feet.
Rock around the clock
Dora and Daisy come alive
Stop shuffling and start to jive
Barbara smiles a hazy recognition
But Rosie undergoes a startling transformation
Eyes alight and such a smile
Radiates glory, good and grace
A carer gasps at the luminous beauty of her face
Tears fall
Laughter leaps
Rosie smiles… and we all weep.

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