I was born to be an actress,
I was raised to believe that the world is my stage.
I was set up to be the best,
when they put me under that spotlight.
I was taught everything I needed to know,
to succeed in the arts.
I was always told to never let people peek.
and to pay no attention to what was backstage.
I was brought up to know better,
than to let the audience see behind the curtain.
I never understood why.
I was in the the hall waiting for my friend;
so we could go see the wizard of oz: the musical onceagain.
But i couldn't wait much longer,
I decided to peek.
I walked into her room
to come across a teenage girl on the floor,
with bloody wrists and tears streaming down her face.
I was standing there, speechless.
When she turned to me and stated
"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."
A year and four months later,
I was walking backstage after my monolouge,
when I encountered my director sitting in a chair,
with a empty pill bottle in one hand and a flask in the other.
I called his name and asked if he was okay,
to recieve what I believed to be a bullshit answer.
He said, "Didn't they tell you to never pay attention to what happens behind the curtain"
It was Novemeber 20th,
I was late to my show because I was throwing up my last meal and adding to the scars on my hips.
When someone knocked at my dressing room door,
I gathered myself and walked out.
to see a young girl standing there,
with a program in her hand and happiness in her eyes.
She simply asked how to become a better actress.
I answered the only way I knew how,
"No peeking backstage and if one day, you get curious, always remember to never pay attention to the man behind the curtain."