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H. Arlequin
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--With respects to M. Moliere's play of the same name.  

      Tartuffe


"Bon soir, mes amies,
je suis Monsieur Tartuffe.
Who asks, why French masks?
To hide what one may see,
what else, implied proof
a fool performs old tasks
well known to us all
who walk downstage to play
the knave with what's true."

We creatures of the fall,
work hard to portray
our best before adieu.
We try concealing
terrors, their scars hidden  
by screens that secrete
conscious despair; healing
denied, forbidden,
mendacious mores repeat.

"Tartuffe, mes enfants,
is master of his art,
arms length, you may see
him, happy, bon vivant,
rehearsing a part
like you, feigning to be,
knowing he is not,
hoping the world believes
a mask, the true face."

Poor Hypocrites forgot
a world on its knees
has found the safest place
to venture within
the soul. The contrite can
at last understand
how to confront the sin
He knows, since His Plan
expunged judgement's demand.


     --H. Arlequin
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Poems From the Goober Tree http://nathoo.wustl.edu/goober_tree.htm

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Poet deVine
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1 posted 05-30-2000 03:37 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Excellent! And I must tell you I have visited your website and enjoyed my time there....  
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2 posted 05-30-2000 03:39 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Now, THIS!  This is deep.  lol - good construction - I found myself reading words that rhyme, but they really didn't rhyme.  Does that make sense?  A truly eye-opening poem, H.
Mike
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3 posted 05-30-2000 04:46 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

*applause*
tres bien.
H. Arlequin
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4 posted 05-30-2000 10:55 PM       View Profile for H. Arlequin   Email H. Arlequin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit H. Arlequin's Home Page   View IP for H. Arlequin

Thanks
Poetdevine, Long John Silver, and Mike,

for the warm and helpful remarks.  I've
re written it a little since you first read it and would appreciate any further comments,

smoooooooooches

HA
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5 posted 05-31-2000 03:30 AM       View Profile for Alle'cram   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alle'cram

Dear H.A.; Very deep! Does this mean he is doomed or just caught?  Great style and thoroughly thought through.   Marcy
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