That Mix of Bad Manners and Big Egos

Rare occasion. Prima Donna
has called a meeting,

summoning her followers,
the little people

who eagerly await
the opportunities

to be beckoned,
to serve her.

Sadly, she can not
recall their names,

but they don’t
seem to mind.

Any bit of attention
from Her Majesty

creates instant

to abandoned their
lives and families

for the opportunity
to serve her,

to exist for a moment
in her shadow

even when she
lacks the knowledge,

time and concern
to recall who they are

and what they do
to serve her,

unaware her powers
are limited,

that she can only
cast shadows,

which provide
the best

stage and

for tonight’s

of “As the Prima
Donna Turns.”


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. Janet prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.