What is a stage? It is a flowering tree;
a matrix for the founding of new tribes
of a young race; a circle that describes
all that we are, all we shall ever be.
It is an Earth-enriching property,
an enzyme for self-growth, a chemical
for change, a tremor in the evolving cell;
a space for ritual, for the coming-to-be
of a new voice. What is a stage? A joy
of buskin and of mask, the loud pretence
of a zany world. It is the deepest sense
of a way ahead for every girl and boy.
What is a stage? It is a recipe
for a rich Time. It is a flowering tree.

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