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Acrostic apology

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Skyfyre
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0 posted 01-03-2000 06:01 AM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Skyfyre

The Masks We Wear

Fragile, the soul; a thing of breath and dreams –
Of tenderness and tireless hoping spun –
Revealed to few, and trust is doubly rare.
Guarded by walls, a sight but seldom won,
Interred behind defensive masks we wear:
Visions of strength, of cold oblivion,
Elusive ghosts, for naught is what it seems.
Merry the dance, though ponderous the tone,
Ebullience so strange and out-of-place;
Mirthful and gay, a parody of health –
Yet there, between the cracks of painted face,
Fluttering shadows of the timid self
Retreating to the solace of the space
Inside unmoving features carved of stone.
Ephemeral within the lifeless clay,
Never so confident to brave the light
Defended, though alone, behind the wall
That guards the shade from accidental sight.
Hermit unwilling, but the masque is all --
Each breath confirms that only Dark is right --
Memories yet unhealed of brutal Day.
A gesture made, an unexpected friend
Suspicions rise, but just as quickly flee;
Kinship is found in such a distant heart
In miles, though nearer in camaraderie.
With careful hesitance, the curtains part --
Entrusting truth where once was fantasy --
And even hopes to find a happy end,
Regretting only past reticency.



 You cannot choose the way of your death, but the path you choose will determine its own end.





[This message has been edited by Skyfyre (edited 01-03-2000).]
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Bojopy
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1 posted 01-03-2000 06:10 AM       View Profile for Bojopy   Email Bojopy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bojopy

I love the style used here. I have used it myself.  About its content i was most intrigued and I am hoping to get the chance to read more from you



 
DreamEvil
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2 posted 01-03-2000 06:12 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Truly one of the best I have read my friend.  

We all wear masks even to ourselves.

 Now and forever, my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvil©
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"Either kill me or take me as I am,
because I'll be damned if I ever change..."

Count Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade
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Michael
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3 posted 01-03-2000 07:46 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Excellent piece, Kess.  I am awed by the depth of this one.  Wonderful job.

Michael
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Finely crafted!


"Yet there, between the cracks of painted face,
Fluttering shadows of the timid self"

...true artistry.
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5 posted 01-03-2000 01:56 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is fantastic, Kess! Expertly crafted!

 Denise

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6 posted 01-03-2000 03:07 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Expertly done, Kess, and very meaningful.
Local Rebel
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7 posted 01-03-2000 03:12 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

I think it revealing.  An interesting reflection of the intellect that created it.  Very nice work.
Elizabeth Santos
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8 posted 01-03-2000 03:17 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Very beautiful, indeed
Liz
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Nicely done acrostic Kess...the words are deep as the heart they come from.
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10 posted 01-03-2000 03:46 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Vividly painting a picture of friendship found through doubt, you have rendered before mine eyes a masterpiece. I have no doubts whatsoever that should forgiveness be somthing that were required, you would doubtless be the exception, and your friend would grant it.
Skyfyre
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11 posted 01-03-2000 07:17 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

To all that took the time to read and reply -- thank you.  

Bojopy: so far as content goes, this is simply an apology to a friend with whom I was not entirely honest at the start.  Glad you enjoyed, and I will do my best to give you more to read.

Dream -- you know that your opinion in the  matter of my poetry means much to me; thank you for a most high compliment.  

Michael:  I am glad that you enjoyed; if this seemed to be a bit more heartfelt than most of my poetry that's because it was!  

Meadowmuse (love the name) -- you have singled out two of my favorite lines.  

Denise, Balladeer -- it is gratifying to be called expert by the experts!  

Rebel:  Indeed it is -- if not revealing then at least depicting a revelation ...

Elizabeth:  Thank you so much!  

Ruth:  Deep?  That is indeed high praise -- my depths are filled with shadow but one might occasionally find a treasure!    Thank you for your time and reply.

Christopher:  Indeed I have been forgiven.  Thank you for the compliment.  
Echo Rhayne
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12 posted 01-05-2000 10:54 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

I must agree with Ruth, this is defeinitely deep.  Truly wonderful!!

 ~*~ ^i^ ~*~ Love is such a lonely art, and death is but a taste. Minds are merely instruments that often go to waste! ~*~ ^i^ ~*~
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