Juanita Book

By Juanita Torrence-Thompson

ęCopyright by Juanita Torrence-Thompson

JUANITA TORRENCE-THOMPSON is a poet/writer/speaker whose award-winning work appears in U.S. and Canadian journals and online. See her poetry and book information at: Poetry Town. See Barbara Hantman's review of Torrence-Thompson's CELEBRATING A TAPESTRY OF LIFE (Torderwarz Publishing Company)at: The Pedestal Magazine

How I Met Hugh

If I had not gone to England as a teenager
to live with my mother and stepfather
and if I wasn't taught that the world was my oyster
I never would have attended West End theatres
films, opera, concerts and ballets every week
and I never would have become interested
in acting and singing and auditioned for the London
Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Although I was
accepted at LAMDA, if there had been space for me
in the advanced American division of LAMDA and if
I had gotten an extension on my visa to remain in
England with my school chums from around the world
and if I had not decided to move to New York
to try my luck at the theatre and if I had not
auditioned for Obie-winning off-Broadway show "Machinal"
and if I had not gotten the role in "Machinal"
and if I had not met Ann Black in the show
and if Ann and I had not become friends
and if Ann had not thrown a party and invited me and Hugh
and if Hugh had not driven me home after the party
and if Hugh had not asked me out
and if we had not dated, we never would have gotten married.