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Masquerade

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hoot_owl_rn
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Masquerade

I hid behind a mask
Painted smiles
Covered tears
Hidden scars

The image in the mirror
Always reflecting
Someone I didnít even recognize

There in my costume
I felt safe
Life, my greatest act

You saw beyond the masquerade
Demanded I reveal
The person underneath the mask

I shuddered to think
My life revealed
My faults bared
That you may not like what you see

But when the final velvet curtain fell
When I took my final bow
When the masquerade had ended
And my costume dropped to the floor...
You were still there
Waiting in the wings

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald

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Christopher
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1 posted 08-20-99 08:35 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Clever play on words hoot, there really are two sets of masks here, the kind you wear over your face, and the kind you wear over you!

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Skyfyre
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2 posted 08-20-99 09:08 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

This was well written ... good imagery ... I enjoyed the read.

In the sixth stanza ... did you mean "shuddered" rather than "shuttered"?

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"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
(When I hear the bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die.")

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3 posted 08-20-99 10:15 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

very well portrayed, Hoot. We all wear those masks sometimes...and we're always afraid when unmasking time comes.


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Poet deVine
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Whether consciously or not, I think at one time everyone puts a mask on...and if we have been hurt too many times, a mask is our only protection.....This is very good!
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Very good, hoot!!! And when you find someone who sees beyond the mask and accepts that sight, it's incredible... the greatest applause in the world is the sound of one special pair of hands clapping. *S*
hoot_owl_rn
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Thank you all for your kind comments and thanks for picking up on my mistakes, sometimes tend to miss them
Hugs
Ruth
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7 posted 08-21-99 10:28 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Sometimes the masks we wear face inward. Excellent work, Hoot.

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Shall I indulge in flights of fancy hampered by clipped wings?
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poetFemmeFatale
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I'm tortoise - does that count for the same? My shell is so thick, You'd need an axe to remove it!! It's a safety zone, when you're feelings are exposed to the harsh environment, just like a sensitve tooth!! Ouch....most of us participate in that masquerade, I'm afraid.....(sigh) Piece well written ! **clapping**

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- poet FemmeFatale

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone..." Henrik Ibsen (1826-1906) Norwegian dramatist lyric poet



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Applause!
hoot_owl_rn
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Many thanks Dream, Sue and Poet

Poet...it is amazing how hard that shell forms sometimes isn't it??

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
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Ah, this really hit home for me. Like many others, I've also taken part in the Masquerade, hiding my feelings. It's hard, thats for sure...exellently written.

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*Krista Knutson*

"If I could be an angel, I'd make your every wish come true. But I am only human, just a woman lovin' you..." Trisha Yearwood

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Nicely done, Hoot. Keep it up.
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I know exactly what you mean. Isn't the person who sticks by us even after they know ALL amazing?
*hugs*
Izzy
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Alwye Inclan and Isabella...thank you for your comments

Isabella...that is so very true
Kelly
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I like it. It's something I can relate to.
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