The Vacuum

By: Melissa Ratliff

“Don’t you get nervous?” I’m asked this a lot. But honestly, I really don’t. The lights on stage are blinding. Everyone in the crowd disappears behind their glare (so, no need to picture them naked). Sometimes I hear noises. But more often than not, I wonder afterward if anyone even laughed. It’s like being in a vacuum. They’re there, but I don’t notice. I’m so focused on my partners – listening intently, offering gifts, reacting naturally, and somehow also remembering to be funny from time to time – that the world around me melts away. It’s like breathing. And it is exhilarating.

One thought on “The Vacuum

Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: