“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”— Orson Welles
How strange (too easy)
Has left me all in tears
Not props (too salty)
Drenching this production
Then a sigh
Goodbye (too quickly)
And you finally let me go
So why the waves of sadness?
Why a disappointment?
The change (so strange)
In me, and us
You don’t hurt someone to make them afraid of losing you.
You love them till they don’t want to leave.
Because fear is unwanted and love is much needed.
Don’t hold back your feelings just to make someone feel unimportant.
Let everything out so they know what they have been giving is not enough.
Because people leave when they feel unwanted.
And people stay because they want to.
Frohman, who was responsible for producing the debut of Peter Pan in both England and the U.S., as well as other productions of JM Barrie’s plays, famously declined a lifeboat seat when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat in the North Atlantic.Actress Rita Jolivet, who stood with Frohman, George Vernon and Captain Alick Scott at the end, recalled Frohman quoting Barrie’s greatest hit, Peter Pan:
“Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure that life gives us.”
On a common impulse, they all moved closer together and joined hands just before a great wave swept them all off the deck. Jolivet alone survived.