One night a new couple came to the party.
He was the brother of Margaret’s husband,
She was a famous actress and comedian.
They lived in Toronto but apparently
They loved our little town and planned
To stay a week or two. Margaret
Had a cottage by the sea, and promised
Daily fishing trips aboard her husband’s
Modified Boston Whaler. Everyone knew
They might drop by and the big question
Was how to act, what to do, what not to do,
If you suddenly found yourself face to face
With someone you’d seen a hundred times
On television, and half a dozen times gracing
The big screen. You could play
Dumb, and pretend you didn’t have a clue
Who she was. The main thing was not to say
Something so stupid you’d be ashamed,
Later on, when you thought about it.
Don’t forget, she’s a human being, the same
As the rest of us, with her own history of struggle.