My son sits on the floor
so he won’t fall - or legs overshake -
keeping low for his own sake
reducing tension, so when fairy stories pour
and words flow excitedly,
he can play the action hero, fly
like Superman. He finds that classics are best,
more natural - Red Riding Hood amongst the trees
(where he’ll play the Woodman) the rest
of the cast played by anyone else nearby
who fill the lower parts, baddies
or witches, ugly sisters, Grandma.
Big Bad Wolf is his favourite part
and he grabs the role of Troll beneath the bridge
in Billy Goats Gruff; you merely do a smaller bit
of method acting, trip trapping;
all arranged so he can own
the Hero’s part, the one with most to give.
He’s Prince Charming in every show
declaiming a soliloquy so
there is no chance to oust him or argue
with his passion. He upstages every pig!
Full sized, he plays the hero, front of stage;
and goes for it - he plays the part that’s big.