Like a blurry scrim
hanging on the back stage wall,
she veiled her feelings
as she played her role in life,
in the spotlight but aloof.
In response to WP Writing 201: Poetry, Day One. Three prompt options: 1) write a haiku or tanka; 2) include the word “screen” or write about some type of screen; 3) use alliteration. I’ve hit 2 out of 3. This tanka (syllabic lines of 5-7-5-7-7) uses a scrim as its primary image. A scrim is a piece of gauze cloth that appears opaque until lit from behind — often used as a screen or backdrop in the theater.